Study reveals the microbes vital to a healthy Brisbane River

28 Jun 2024
Apoorva and Chris testing water
UQ PhD candidate Apoorva Prabhu (left) and Honorary Associate Professor Chris Rinke say more than 80 per cent of the microorganisms they found in the Brisbane River were new to science.

A unique method of monitoring river health has uncovered an army of tiny organisms fighting to protect the Brisbane River.

University of Queensland PhD candidate Apoorva Prabhu and Honorary Associate Professor Chris Rinke led a team which sampled, sequenced and evaluated the DNA of thousands of microorganisms in 3 parts of the Brisbane River over a 12-month period.

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