Journal article

Innovative biological approaches for monitoring and improving water quality

Sanja Aracic, Sam Manna, Steve Petrovski, Jennifer L Wiltshire, Guelay Mann, Ashley E Franks

FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2015

Abstract

Water quality is largely influenced by the abundance and diversity of indigenous microbes present within an aquatic environment. Physical, chemical and biological contaminants from anthropogenic activities can accumulate in aquatic systems causing detrimental ecological consequences. Approaches exploiting microbial processes are now being utilized for the detection, and removal or reduction of contaminants. Contaminants can be identified and quantified in situ using microbial whole-cell biosensors, negating the need for water samples to be tested off-site. Similarly, the innate biodegradative processes can be enhanced through manipulation of the composition and/or function of the indigenous ..

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Grants

Awarded by Defence Science Institute, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Office of Naval Research Global


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The Applied and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory receives support from the Defence Science Institute, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Office of Naval Research Global (Award no. N626909-13-1-N259) and the Australian Research Council (Award no. LP140100459).