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Featured research project: monitoring our waterways
A three-year study on microscopic invertebrates led by Professor John Orbell and Research Fellow Dr Robin Mitra is helping improve water management around the world.
The project looks at the identification and spread of microscopic 'bryozoan' creatures in Victoria's waterways, and investigates improved ways to eradicate them.
The $400,000 research project is supported by Greater Wimmera Mallee Water and Tamarama Estate, and has resulted in successful identification of up to ten species infesting the Northern Mallee Pipeline system, including some never before seen in Australia.
"We're getting closer to winning this battle and it's important that we do," says Professor Orbell.
The microscopic creatures are to blame for many clogged water pipes, pumps, filters and water-usage meters around the world. In Victoria, tens of thousands of dollars are spent every year cleaning water distribution systems blocked by bryozoan colonies.
"There is currently no ideal way of controlling or eradicating bryozoans, but the first step towards winning the battle is to know our enemy."
For more information email Professor Orbell on [email protected] or phone +61 3 9919 8066.