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U. Michigan: $1.5 Billion in Total R&D Helps Researchers Investigate Freshwater Algal Blooms

Posted by Dianna Matyola on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Federal funding was recently provided to the University of Michigan in an effort to understand and prevent the occurrence of harmful algal blooms that fatefully impact freshwater globally. The $5.2 million federal grant supporting this algal bloom research project is part of the $1.5 billion in total annual research and development funding received by the university

While the major effects of these destructive algal blooms are not well understood they came under greater investigation when in 2014, the town of Toldeo, Michigan’s local water supply was contaminated as a result of an algal bloom in Lake Erie. The intention of project researchers is to increase and expand understanding of the toxins and chemical compounds associated with algal blooms and how they effect public health.

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Tags: water, Biochemistry, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, public health, National Science Foundation, BioResearch Product Faire™, top funded, global health

Arsenic Being Considered as a Cancer Fighting Tool

Posted by David Larsen on Sat, Dec 06, 2014


The Environmental Protection Agency limits the amount of arsenic in U.S. public drinking water to 10 parts per billion (ppb). Water that comes from privately owned wells may contain higher levels of arsenic, especially in areas where the groundwater flows over arsenic-rich bedrock. In a recent study done by UC Berkeley, arsenic was found to potentially show benefits as a cancer fighting agent.

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Tags: CA, water, cancer research, Southwest, 2015, Berkeley, BioResearch Product Faire Event, UC Berkeley, UCBerk

MSU Researchers Save Water with Membranes

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Feb 14, 2013

With the North American drought  ended last year according to the USDA, it still affects parts of the United States and dries out plant life in its wake. The drought reached 80 percent of the country’s agricultural land, and many of the impacts of the stunted food production will be felt this year at supermarkets and restaurants. It’s no surprise, then, that a large question in agricultural biotechnology is how to more effectively combat drought for the present and future. This is where Michigan State University shines, presenting a way for plants to make even better use of the water they receive.

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Tags: Michigan State University, 2014, Midwest, 2013, agriculture, water, membranes, Michigan, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MI, Front Line event, East Lansing, MSU

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