Development of an effective process with aid of micro-organisms and fungus for reduction of environmentally destructive effect of spill oil toward ocean ecosystem protection.

The risk of an oil spill in the marine environment always exists during offshore oil production and transportation. The oil spill can affect the marine ecosystem, including seabirds, aquatic organisms and even humans health, both directly and indirectly. The best solution to the oil spill incident is collecting the spilled oil, extracting that from the marine environment and potentially taking it back to the energy cycle. However, depending on the situation and severity of the oil spill incident, it can be partially possible or even impossible. The hydrocarbon degradation using microorganisms is a crucial step toward sustainable spill oil treatment and minimizing the spill oil footprint. This study aims to screen and select effective indigenous microorganisms such as bacteria and fungus that can decompose all types of hydrocarbon substances in crude oil.

Faculty Supervisor:

Sohrab Zendehboudi


Ali Ghamartale


Springboard Atlantic




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Memorial University of Newfoundland



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