Dr. Giovanni Rompato has been involved in a partnership with the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL). This three-year project examined how the microbial community survives in the hostile environment of the Great Salt Lake.
Understanding how groups of organisms respond to the changing conditions of the Great Salt Lake is a fundamental issue that has implications for bioremediation, bio-energy, human health and ecosystem function.
The research builds on studies by USU, in collaboration with the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute, to document what lives in the lake through genetic sequencing. The project will look at what these microbes are doing, and how they survive in extreme environments.