Conservation Training

Microbes and the Mercury in My Fish Fry

March 9, 2022

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Online

Mercury is a toxin that is frequently found at unhealthy levels in fish, including those in our Wisconsin lakes. Believe it or not, microorganisms are responsible for this! Microbes possess extraordinarily diverse and sophisticated physiologies, communication strategies, and mechanisms of evolution. This talk will reveal how and why microbes play around with mercury. We will also discuss the consequences for biomagnification of toxic mercury in aquatic food chains.