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Researchers converge on Windsor for 2017 Canada-China Water Science Workshop

Researchers from around the world will converge on Windsor this week for the 2017 Canada-China Water Science Workshop hosted by UWindsor's Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.Researchers from around the world will converge on Windsor this week for the 2017 Canada-China Water Science Workshop hosted by UWindsor's Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.

Buried beneath the surface of China’s plateau lakes could lie the solutions to some of the challenges currently facing the Great Lakes.

It’s one of the topics that will be discussed in Windsor this week at the 2017 Canada-China Water Science Workshop hosted by the University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.

Citizen scientists sought for water sample collection

York University's Sarah Laframboise prepares glass vials to be used in the sampling of water across Essex County on Aug. 19, 2017. The biomedical science student and Windsor native is assisting in the sample collection.York University's Sarah Laframboise prepares glass vials to be used in the sampling of water across Essex County on Aug. 19, 2017. The biomedical science student and Windsor native is assisting in the sample collection.

Researchers from the University of Windsor are seeking citizen scientists to fan out across Essex County and collect water samples for use in measuring harmful E. coli bacteria.

“Right now, it’s commonplace to think that if the E. coli levels are high at area beaches, then the pathogens will be high as well,” explained Subba Rao Chaganti, an adjunct professor at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research. “Very few E. coli strains are harmful, so this project is going to develop tools to detect the actual pathogens that are harmful to humans in a much faster way.”