A new scientific paper lead by Laura Biessy and John Pearman explores the function of bacteria in three of the lakes in the Tūwharekai (Ashburton Basin, Canterbury).
The research uses metagenomics and demonstrates how this data can be used to explore causes of lake degradation. Metagenomics is a technique that is used to explore the whole genomes of organisms in environmental samples. It now allows the researcher to determine what organisms are in the sample, but also their potential functions.
You can read the manuscript for free here.