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Posted at 1:59 PM ET, 07/19/2010

Bay's microorganisms to be studied

By Washington Post editors

Algae, bacteria and other microorganisms at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay's food chain are the focus of a new federally funded study.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger announced the one-year, $100,000 study on Monday at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's headquarters in Annapolis. The study will be conducted by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at its Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore.

Principal investigator Feng Chen says researchers will study the genetic makeup of algae, bacteria and other microorganisms and will learn how they are affected by pollutants and other environmental factors.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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I love the Bay, but I'll save you $100,000 dollars: pollution is killing them. Stop run-off from roads, farms and lawns.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 19, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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