Erica Susky – The Pond Microbiologist
I have been helping Village Pond and Garden for three years with my interesting and different perspectives from the world of science. My Master’s Degree in microbiology enables me to bring a scientific perspective to pond ecosystems that are generally unknown to the everyday pond keeper. In addition to being a pond service technician and the staff microbiologist at Village Pond, I’m a researcher at the MaRS Centre (Medical and Related Sciences Centre) in downtown Toronto.
- You Light up My Food Chain: The Process of Photosynthesis
- Water, water everywhere! So what are we to think? Water quality and the pond.
- Physical Methods to Kill Microbes or Taking Microbes by Force
- You Get More Flies with Honey and You Get Better Microbes with Probiotics
- Phycology: The Forgotten Field of Study and the Pond
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In the last post, the importance of water quality and water chemistry was reviewed in order to determine it’s relevance to the various life forms and life cycles in the pond. In this post, the chemistry that was discussed will … Continue reading
The last post described the physical methods to control microbial populations, either by bursting microbes, altering their chemical structures within the cells with radiation, by burning them with heat or by slowing their replication by taking heat away (Physical Methods … Continue reading
In previous posts, the control of a microbial population such as in a pond was discussed by using chemical means or disinfectants (“How to Properly Use a Cleaner – Things One Should Know About Disinfectants”), and by using biocontrol or … Continue reading
The previous posts of this blog have gone over what microbes are, how one will find microbes in their pond, and finally a few methods in which to eliminate microbes. Though it is impossible to completely eliminate microbes from a … Continue reading
I have revised different methods and products used to clean areas like households and ponds, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. I have also started to get into the communities of microbes that one might see in their pond, … Continue reading
Now that I have discussed microbes and how they can be killed or have their growth stopped with the use of specific and non-specific compounds, and the types of communities microbes will form in a pond (no microbe is an … Continue reading
No Microbe is an Island: Biofilms As I mentioned in my previous post, no microbe is an island, microbes are everywhere and will always be cohabitating with other microbes, be it with similar microbes as with a bacterium with a … Continue reading