Oil spills can have devastating effects on our oceans and fragile marine ecosystems. Naomi tried to find a more effective way of cleaning up oil spills by using the common bacterium of P. Aeruginosa to degrade hydrocarbons that are often found in crude oil such as Xylene, Ethyl Acetate, Paraffin oils and Hexane. Naomi measured a substrate produced through the cells’ oxidizing process and then used this as a marker for degradation.
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