Baker, Dr. Stokes S.

Title of Research Project:

Role of bacteria on aquatic plant nutrient absorption

Research Description:

Michigan is blessed with its fresh water resources. However, human activities like expanding suburbs and agriculture can add too much nutrient to the water, causing excessive growth of aquatic plants and algae. The goal of this project is to understand how bacteria help aquatic plants absorb phosphate, the rate limiting nutrient in most of Michigan’s waters. In the investigation, a combination of classical bacteriology techniques and advanced molecular biology is used to identify bacteria that help giant duckweed (a native aquatic plant in Michigan) absorb nutrients.

If there is important prerequisite knowledge/skills required for students, please describe below:

Basic laboratory skills like pipetting and making stock solution. The mentor will teach advance skills like sterile technique.