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Fossil Fuel Bioprocessing
It may be possible to increase the amount of oil that can be extracted from subsurface oil field reservoirs using microbial metabolisms. Fouke’s team will determine the distribution, frequency, and expression of genes in subsurface microbial communities in order to infer the unique metabolic processes inherent to this environment. Findings will be integrated with reservoir environmental conditions and geological history to establish a universal template for developing Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (MEHR) strategies in oil and gas reservoirs, oil shales, tar sands, and coal beds under a range of subsurface temperature and pressure conditions.