Petroleum-Derived Pollutants Cause Serious Impacts On Minute Oceanic Plants
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Sreejith Kottuparambil is a researcher at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in the  Red Sea Research Center. Their research focuses on Photosynthesis, Ecophysiology, Chlorophyll Fluorescence, and Toxicity Tests.  A central theme of his current research is the investigation on toxic effects of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in phytoplankton in the Red Sea.
                       

Petroleum-Derived Pollutants Cause Serious Impacts On Minute Oceanic Plants

Accidental spills of petroleum or crude oil into the sea cause widespread damage to marine ecosystems worldwide. The most notorious component of crude oil is a group of chemicals collectively known as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). They are toxic and highly persistent pollutants, causing mortality and physiological damage in marine plants and animals. They can even enter the human body through the food chain and trigger genetic mutations and deadly diseases, such as cancer. The fundamental components of energy fixation...

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