Microbes found to indicate healthy wetlands

By on April 17, 2013
Wetlands and Estuaries News

University of Missouri research finds that a wetland’s health can be gauged by the microbes that live in its muddy waters, according to a release from the university.

Zhiqiang Hu, an MU engineering professor, found that wetlands with a greater diversity of archaea bacteria tended to be healthier than wetlands with only a few dominating species.

Hu analyzes bacteria in water and soil samples.

The analysis could become a tool for water treatment wetland managers and restoration of wetlands. Hu said that with this knowledge it may be possible to inoculate a restored wetland with the correct bacteria to ensure its health.

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