|Title||Novel applications of molecular biological and microscopic tools in environmental engineering|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Gedalanga P, Kotay S, Sales C, Butler CS, Goel R, Mahendra S|
|Journal||Water Environment Research|
|Type of Article||Research|
|Keywords||Metagenomics; Microbial ecology; Microbiome; Pyrosequencing; SIP|
Molecular biological methods offer flexible and powerful tools to environmental practitioners and researchers interested in studying environmental challenges in natural and engineered systems. In recent years, these techniques have allowed investigators to connect the fate, transport, and transformation of environmental chemical contaminants and pathogens with biological processes of functionally diverse microorganisms or microbial communities. Indeed, the boundaries of microbial ecosystems are constantly refined as researchers discover new links that extend beyond Bacteria to include Archaea and unicellular Eukarya.