Seagrass may help your favorite beach stay a little less toxic. A new study, led by Joleah Lamb, a postdoctoral researcher in the Harvell Lab at Cornell University, found that coastal seagrasses reduce levels of pathogens dangerous to humans and marine organisms in near-shore waters.

If you have ever heard of a beach closure due to high “fecal coliform” counts, then you already know a little bit about Enterococci. Despite the beauty of a beach, the microbes in the water can make you sick. Senior author on the study, Drew Harvell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell… more

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