Field Notes

December 13, 2018

How You Can Ensure the Future of Lake Research

It’s almost Christmas!

If you missed our last print newsletter, you probably haven’t heard our exciting research update. Here’s a quick overview from that letter.

Since 2010, the Lilly Center has studied blue-green algae and the harmful toxin it can produce: microcystin. Thanks to the generous support of the K21 Health Foundation, the center now has ELISA microcystin testing equipment in its own lab. The system will enable the team to determine water sample results within 48 hours, and with a high level of accuracy.

At first glance, ELISA is nothing more than a black metal box, a stack of clear plastic pipettes, chemical reagents and a computer program. “But this is a big thing, lab work like this,” said Jed Harvey, a third-year student at Grace College and one of the students who will learn to use the ELISA equipment. “It will allow us to be more self-reliant,” Harvey explained. “We’ll be able to process the water samples ourselves, start to finish, right after getting the lake sample.”

ELISA makes it possible for us to test samples immediately after collection. In order to continue gathering samples in the most effective way possible, though, click here to see what we need!

Just like you (or your kids or grandkids) we have a Christmas wish list of needed research items. Our equipment works almost as hard as we do, and with it, we’re able to conduct cutting-edge lake and stream research. Will you help fulfill our wish list? By supplying an item from our list, you ensure the future of high-quality lake research and education.  You can make a tax-deductible donation by phone, by mail or online.