Luther College to host Mark Borchardt biology colloquium April 26

Luther College presents a biology colloquium by Mark Borchardt titled "Cows or People? Sources of Fecal Contamination in the Karst-like Aquifer in Northeast Wisconsin" 9:40 a.m., Thursday, April 26, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206 on the Luther campus.

The colloquium is open to the public with no charge for admission.

In his lecture, Borchardt will explain how he uses viruses and gut bacteria to determine the source of bacterial contaminants in well water.

Borchardt is the director of the Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment in Marshfield, Wisconsin. LIDE is an interagency laboratory between USDA-Agriculture Research Service and USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center. LIDE collaborates with researchers around the world to work on problems involving the environmental transmission of disease from human and agricultural sources.

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