Using glass microscope slides as tiny gardens to grow microbial biofilms, this project explored differences in microorganisms between three reaches of White Clay Creek with different streamside vegetation. Molecular DNA fingerprints of biofilms on glass slides differed in the three reaches, as did the biofilms on natural underwater surfaces. This revealed how subtle differences in surfaces and surroundings affect microbial communities and their distribution.
Funded by: Stroud Water Research Center
Principal Investigator: Jinjun Kan
Project Years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020