Easier ID Amps Up Potential for Power-Generating Bacteria

A new process for identifying bacteria that can produce electricity has been created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Certain types of bacteria living in oxygen-deprived environments like lake bottoms and deep mines have developed a unique type of breathing. It involves excreting and pumping out electrons. This makes them capable of… Read More

Colorado River

Over-allocated: The story of the Colorado River

The Colorado River rises high into the Rocky Mountains and cuts a 2,300 kilometre course southwest to the Gulf of California. It passes through five U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and two Mexican (Baja California and Sonora) states. Its watershed extends even further, expanding to include New Mexico and Wyoming. The Colorado and… Read More

Gut bugs affect overall health, and serve as individual microbial fingerprints

The microbial population of our gastrointestinal tracts is a hot topic these days, with researchers regularly making new discoveries as to how the state of the bugs in our bellies affects our overall physical and mental health. Studies over the past 20 years have shown links between gut health and areas including the immune system,… Read More

Ballast Water 101

  When ships dock their cargo at a port, they must take on vast amounts of sea water to maintain their stability – ballast water – which is then dumped at the next destination when cargo is loaded onto the ship. While this is a standard practice within marine transportation, we now know that ballast… Read More

2018 – Year in Review

  At this time of year, ‘Year in Review’ lists seem to be everywhere and the water industry is no different. 2018 brought some exciting changes for us at LuminUltra, so here’s a look back at some of the events we’re particularly proud of as a company and some of the stories that made us… Read More

Most Wanted Microbes: Vibrio cholerae

From the editor: This is the fifteenth and final post in our series profiling microorganisms of particular significance in water and wastewater systems. In this series we will cover microorganisms of many types including some that are beneficial, inhibitory and pathogenic. Vibrio cholerae or V. cholerae is a species of bacteria commonly found in brackish… Read More