What can microbial communities tell us? Research in a model human intestine and wastewater system
with Dr. Alicia Taylor
Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Restaurant Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Ave., Albany
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Microbial communities can be used to study emerging contaminants (nanoparticles) and serve as a proxy for understanding nanoparticle effects on human and environmental health. Using microbial communities in research offers many advantages to the traditional laboratory bacteria tests, which are often performed with one bacterium in idealized settings, and are not representative of realistic exposure scenarios or environments.