NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Georgia Tech researchers will use $1.8 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to search for genes in aquatic microbial populations that may help protect ecosystems from environmental perturbations by breaking down pollutants, recycling nutrients, and providing nitrogen and carbon.

The grant will support efforts to identify genes in microbes living in man-made lakes located along the Chattahoochee River, including Lake Lanier and Lake Eufaula, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, the university said yesterday.

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