, Volume 86, Issue 3, pp 283-285

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

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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.