LONDON- Scientists have discovered the presence of a unique oil eating bacteria in the deepest ocean trench of the world- the Mariana Trench.
The Mariana Trench is located in the Western Pacific Ocean and reaches a depth of approximately 11,000 metres.
“Our research team went down to collect samples of the microbial population at the deepest part of the Mariana Trench -- some 11,000 metres down. We studied the samples that were brought back and identified a new group of hydrocarbon degrading bacteria,” said Jonathan Todd, from the University of East Anglia in the UK.
Xiao-Hua Zhang of the Ocean University in China, who led the study, says we know very little about the deepest part of the ocean and the organisms that inhabit those regions.