Gallery: Bioluminescent Bacteria Combat Pollution in Fragile Florida Ec...

Photo by the Vibrio fischeri Project
 

Bioluminescence is an ability shared by creatures around the planet that allows them to generate light – in fact, 90% of life in the world’s oceans possess this characteristic. Whereas most animals use it to help them find food, attract mates, and defend against predators, a marine biologist is harnessing bioluminescent bacteria to save one of Florida’s most precious and threatened ecosystems – the Indian River Lagoon. By mixing bioluminescent bacteria with sediment from the 156-mile estuary, renowned scientist Dr. Edith Widder is able to determine how many toxic chemicals are present in the water.

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  1. Radwa Abd El-Rahman December 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Dear Sir ,
    My name is Radwa . I am Egyptian Student doing a research bout vibrio fischeri to understand how it can detect water contamination . i want your help how can i find this bacteria in Egypt ?!. I am looking forward for you help

    Yours ,
    Radwa Abd El-Rahman

  2. Green Joy December 21, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Wonderful efforts. People react more to visual stimuli compared to statistics, numbers, and raw data. Hopefully this contributes to the push to save the rivers and other waterways. Cheers!

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)
    http://www.GreenJoyment.com

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