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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2004 Oct;86(3):283-5.

Shewanella putrefaciens in a fuel-in-water emulsion from the Prestige oil spill.

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  • 1Department of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering. Environmental Technologies Area. ETSIIAA, Avenida de Madrid 57, 34004-Palencia, Spain.


Microorganisms that colonize the fuel-in-water emulsion from the Prestige spill have been compared with those from Exxon-Valdez. Both emulsions contained non-fermentative gram-negative rods but unlike Exxon-Valdez's, the Prestige's spill contained anaerobic bacteria and no fungi. Our main finding has been the identification of Shewanella putrefaciens , a bacterium promising for bioremediation.

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