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Biofilm Project Takes Aim at Erosion Control


August 15, 2018

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An NSF-funded interdisciplinary group of students is tending to a bacteria nursery as part of an innovative research project aimed at controlling the seepage of water through soil to control erosion. Their goal is to grow biofilm, a sticky, sugary-like secretion from the microscopic organisms, in sand and to control growth so that the biofilm is distributed uniformly throughout the sand. If successful, the biofilm will fill the small spaces between sand particles. Full Story

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