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dc.contributor.advisorDaffonchio, Daniele
dc.contributor.authorBianchi, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-11T13:16:39Z
dc.date.available2019-03-11T00:00:00Z
dc.date.issued2018-02
dc.identifier.citationBianchi, P. (2018). Characterization of Bacterial Hydrocarbon Degradation Potential in the Red Sea Through Metagenomic and Cultivation Methods. KAUST Research Repository. https://doi.org/10.25781/KAUST-1QM21
dc.identifier.doi10.25781/KAUST-1QM21
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/627295
dc.description.abstractProkaryotes are the main actors in biogeochemical cycles that are fundamental in global nutrient cycling. The characterization of microbial communities and isolates can enhance the comprehension of such cycles. Potentially novel biochemical processes can be discovered in particular environments with unique characteristics. The Red Sea can be considered as a unique natural laboratory due to its peculiar hydrology and physical features including temperature, salinity and water circulation. Moreover the Red Sea is subjected to hydrocarbon pollution by both anthropogenic and natural sources that select hydrocarbon degrading prokaryotes. Due to its unique features the Red Sea has the potential to host uncharacterized novel microorganisms with hydrocarbondegrading pathways. The focus of this thesis is on the characterization at the metagenomic level of the water column of the Red Sea and on the isolation and characterization of novel hydrocarbon-degrading species and genomes adapted to the unique environmental characteristics of the basin. The presence of metabolic genes responsible of both linear and aromatic hydrocarbon degradation has been evaluated from a metagenomic survey and a meta-analysis of already available datasets. In parallel, water column-based microcosms have been established with crude oil as the sole carbon source, with aim to isolate potential novel bacterial species and provide new genome-based insights on the hydrocarbon degradation potential available in the Red Sea.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectAlcanivorax
dc.subjectThalassospira
dc.subjectMetagenomics
dc.subjectMicrobiology
dc.subjectHydrocarbons
dc.subjectRed Sea
dc.titleCharacterization of Bacterial Hydrocarbon Degradation Potential in the Red Sea Through Metagenomic and Cultivation Methods
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.rights.embargodate2019-03-11
thesis.degree.grantorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology
dc.contributor.committeememberHong, Pei-Ying
dc.contributor.committeememberRavasi, Timothy
dc.contributor.committeememberBorin, Sara
thesis.degree.disciplineEnvironmental Science and Engineering
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
dc.rights.accessrightsAt the time of archiving, the student author of this dissertation opted to temporarily restrict access to it. The full text of this dissertation became available to the public after the expiration of the embargo on 2019-03-11.
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