Researchers focus on oil dispersant

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU AgCenter scientists are partnering with researchers at Columbia University and Iowa State University on development of an environmentally friendly substance that could be used to clean up oil spills.

Andy Nyman, an LSU AgCenter wetlands biologist, and Chris Green, an LSU AgCenter toxicologist, are testing the chemical's toxicity on a baitfish known as the cocahoe minnow.

The $211,000 project is being funded for three years by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.

The research is in reaction to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the recognized need for an effective, environmentally friendly dispersant, Nyman said.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)