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The U.S. Geological Survey MI-OH Water Science Center Microbiology Laboratories in Lansing, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio address water-related public-health concerns across the Nation using traditional and cutting-edge analytical approaches. The laboratories work with government agencies, academic institution, and regional and local partners to study the processes and anthropogenic influences that affect the occurrence, distribution, and sources of microorganisms in diverse water environments.  Current studies focus on bacterial and viral indicators and pathogens, harmful algal blooms, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and biological warfare agents. In addition to traditional culture methods, techniques that are used include microbial community analysis, modeling to predict water quality in recreational waters, and microbial source tracking using molecular methods. In addition to internal research projects, the laboratory in Ohio provides analytical services to USGS offices and their collaborators.

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