Russian researchers have discovered cold-tolerant bacteria in the Sea of Japan that are capable of absorbing oil, which could help them develop a biological product to clean up oil-polluted water, the Federal University of the Far East said.
In a large-scale study, experts from the university’s World Ocean Institute found bacteria that “demonstrated the ability to destroy various petroleum components at low temperatures,” the academic institute’s statement said. The researchers were able to identify 12 types of bacteria capable of degrading oil. Experts…will further study the genomes of these bacteria to reveal the mechanisms by which their genes and enzymes work.
At the current stage, scientists have found the most active of these bacteria and set the goal of “developing a biological product to clean the waters of the Sea of Japan from oil pollution,” continues the university in the port city of Vladivostok. A city located in the southeast of Russia near the borders of China and North Korea.
The results of the study will allow scientists to develop more effective tools to monitor and clean up oil pollution in the oceans.