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Press Release 10-073

Islands of Germs: Researchers Discover Pathogens Floating on Tiny Clumps of Aquatic Detritus

Presence or absence of "marine snow" in water samples affects predictions of waterborne disease transmission to humans

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Aquatic pathogens hitch a ride on tiny floating clumps.

Islands of germs: aquatic pathogens hitch a ride on tiny floating clumps called marine snow.

Credit: WHOI


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Fred Dobbs uses UV light to look at water samples for E. coli bacteria.

Using UV light, biologist Fred Dobbs looks at water samples for the presence of E. coli bacteria.

Credit: Old Dominion University


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Scientist Maille Lyons with marine snow in a rotating 10-liter tank in the lab.

Scientist Maille Lyons with "marine snow" in a rotating 10-liter tank in the lab.

Credit: Old Dominion University


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Dobbs, Lyons and colleagues collect water samples from a research vessel.

Dobbs, Lyons and colleagues collect water samples from the research vessel (R/V) Fay Slover.

Credit: Old Dominion University


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