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Pregame Showcase: Microbiology Professor to Discuss Water Quality

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Microbiology professor Steven Wilhelm will talk about water quality at Saturday’s Pregame Showcase, prior to the Vols football game against Missouri. His presentation, “Protecting Our Water Resources: A Microbiologist’s Perspective,” will examine the world’s declining water quality. It begins at 10:21 a.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center.

Team Receives NSF Support to Study Toxic Water in China

Blue-green alga blooms in Lake Taihu

More than 12 million Chinese rely on Lake Taihu for drinking water but about twenty years ago the once pristine lake turned pea green. It had become overrun with toxic blue-green algae which can damage the liver, intestines and nervous system. Two UT researchers will be working on an international team funded by two new National Science Foundation awards totaling $2.5 million to resolve the ecosystem balance in the lake.

UT Microbiologist to Develop Biofilter to Clean up Toxic Water

It is not an uncommon sight. Lakes and streams that were once safe to swim or fish in are now off limits to human contact. The threat is most likely a toxin—called microcystin—produced by blue-green algae. Steven Wilhelm, microbiology professor at UT Knoxville, is leading an effort to find bacteria to consume harmful algal toxins and clean up fresh water.