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NOTE: This is an historical site; the program ended in 1999.
Welcome to the MBP Homepage
The MBP is a multidisciplinary research and training initiative investigating marine bioremediation. Specifically we are interested in the biodegradation of creosote, a wood preservative composed primarily of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) such as naphthalene and phenanthrene. Our field site has been Eagle Harbor, located relatively close to the University of Washington in Puget Sound. This harbor was contaminated with creosote from a now defunct wood treatment plant located on its shore and has been designated an EPA Superfund Site. Creosote and its components are toxic substances which have been shown to have mutagenic properties. The EPA arranged for placement of clean sediment over the harbor's contaminated seabed in an effort to contain the toxic compounds ("capping"). Understanding how PAHs are degraded naturally in the marine environment is the primary objective of the MBP. The program has been supported in the past by the US Office of Naval Research and the UW Office of Research. It continues with support from individual grants and the University.
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