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Monday, January 22, 2018

Vaccines not protecting farmed fish from disease

Farmed salmon being vaccinated.

The vaccines used by commercial fish farmers are not protecting fish from disease, according to a new study.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Rooney Lab wins Holiday Hallway Competition for the second consecutive year

Rooney lab holiday door

Each December, the Department of Biology and the Biology Graduate Student Association host a holiday door decorating contest to celebrate the festive season. Biology staff and students judged the eight doors based on the creativity, visual appeal and originality of each lab’s decorations.

The Rooney lab defended their title and beat seven other labs to win the 2017 Holiday Hallway competition for the second year in a row. The Hall and Hug labs came in second and third place respectively.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The importance of keeping the Grand River healthy

The Grand River in summer.

Professor Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection and professor of Biology, Nandita Basu, professor in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and post-doctoral fellow,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Biology grad students carve out time for some Halloween fun

Biology graduate students with their final pumpkin creations.

The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) held their first annual pumpkin carving contest yesterday in which graduate students were tasked with designing and carving a Halloween pumpkin in less than an hour.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Graduate program brings together students from all six Waterloo faculties

Water Collaborative Students sampling on a shoreline.

For one week in September, graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP) step outside of the classroom and gain hands-on learning experience from local water experts and community members in the Grand River Watershed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Survival of the fattest: Understanding the role of polyesters in root nodule bacteria

S. meliloti bacteria

Even Sinorhizobium meliloti suffers from a weight gain once in a while.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bacterial Scissorhands: Biologists discover bacteria have new and improved flagella

Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Photo source: iStock.

Biologists from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia and Health Canada have discovered hundreds of bacterial species equipped with a new and powerful type of flagella covered in enzymes.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Salmon farmers adapt to climate change with help from a $4.4M collaboration

Salmon swimming.

With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Two of a kind: How we share our microbiome with our partner

Couple holding hands sitting on a bed.

Biologists at the University of Waterloo find the unique microbial communities living on our feet can be used to predict who we live with.

The study, published this month in mSystems, combined high-throughput sequencing and artificial intelligence to see what the microbiome living on the skin of cohabiting couples can tell us about the microbial “fingerprints” that we leave on our loved ones.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dead fish do tell tales: Using the necrobiome to measure impact of wastewater on aquatic life

Rainbow darter fish in a respirometer used to measure metabolic activity.

Waterloo Biologists Paul Craig and Andrew Doxey find fish struggle to live in the Grand River downstream from Kitchener, Ontario’s wastewater treatment plant.

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