Aquifers and microbial processes in the subsurface
Aquifers are important freshwater reservoirs and thus drinking water source, yet only a little is known about the function and natural character of groundwater ecosystems. This projects aims to study how groundwater microbial communities respond to and mitigate problematic anthropogenic pollutants, such as nitrate. A further important goal is to better understand the natural character of NZ groundwater communities. To achieve these aims we are describing the genomic and metabolic capacity of a model alluvial groundwater system that transverses a nutrient contaminant gradient in Canterbury, New Zealand.