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Water Analysis – News and Features

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Protecting Our Oceans Starts With Testing – Part One

The analytical testing of our oceans is paramount to check for the presence and concentrations of pollutants, helping protect human health and biodiversity. The resulting data can also help to ensure compliance and give insights into climate change.
A scientist holding up a vial.

Cryptic Plasmid Offers Insights Into Gut Health

Study shows that a mysterious plasmid that is highly prevalent in the human gastrointestinal tract could be used to identify faecal contamination and offer insights into the severity of intestinal diseases.
Microplastics on the beach.

Microplastics Make Their Way from the Gut to Other Organs

University of New Mexico researchers found that those tiny particles – microplastics – are having a significant impact on our digestive pathways, making their way from the gut and into the tissues of the kidney, liver and brain.
Lobsters on the grill.

Shrimp and Lobster Dishes May Come With Elevated PFAS Risk

The researchers warn that safety standards for PFAS are urgently needed in seafood.
A city scape.

Around 250,000 Acres of Estuaries Were Converted Into Cities and Farms In the Last 35 Years

Most estuary conversion took place in rapidly developing, middle-income countries, highlighting opportunities for action to protect these economically and environmentally important landscapes.
Foaming water running over brown leaves on the ground.

Global Source Water Exceeds PFAS Safe Drinking Limits

A new UNSW-led international study, published today in Nature Geoscience, assessed the levels of PFAS contamination in surface and ground water around the globe.
Coral reef.

Corals Reefs Can Bounce Back After Heatwaves

With marine heatwaves of varying severity identified in Australian waters over the summer, a new study of a remote coral reef in the north-west has found that they can recover from bleaching events caused by heatwaves.
A person's abdomen with an animation of human intestines and bacteria on their stomach.

Disturbed Gut Flora in Early Years Linked to Autism

Disturbed gut flora during the first years of life is associated with diagnoses such as autism and ADHD later in life. This is according to a study led by researchers at the University of Florida and Linköping University.
A golden colored frog with black spots perches on a leaf.

Potential Achilles Heel Identified in Global Frog-Killing Fungus

Engineering a virus that infects a frog-killing fungus could be the answer to controlling the spread of disease and saving the amphibians.
Cattle grazing in a field

Grasslands Should Be Matched to Cows' Personalities, Say Researchers

Recognizing personality differences in cattle could help ranchers select herds that best meet grazing needs on rangelands, leading to better animal health and environmental conditions.