Joan B. Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in water research, Michigan State University.

Joan B. Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in water research, Michigan State University.

Quenching the thirst for clean, safe water

It is estimated that one in nine people globally lack access to safe water. Michigan State University researchers are looking to fill that critical need and provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the world with a new foam water filter that significantly reduces dangerous pathogens in drinking water.

“The foam filter is the first of its kind to address a wide range of the biological and economic factors that hinder development of remote water filtration systems,” said Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in water research and author of the study. “This filter is easier to use and more effective than traditional methods." Read the full story.


Current Research

NSF/PIRE

Ballast water, residual waters taken in by ships that travel the world, may be contributing to the global travel of microorganisms. 

NSF/PIRE

NSF/PIRE

USDA/NIFA

Advances in bioinformatics can help provide the framework to keep produce safe for American consumers.

USDA/NIFA

USDA/NIFA

Halosource, Inc.

Household water treatment devices are used worldwide to decontaminate drinking water, and those devices are getting better.

Halosource, Inc.

Halosource, Inc.

NSF

By studying sediment cores, research can help determine the best ways to manage historic watersheds that are shaped by climate and human activities.

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

City of Toledo

When storms hit an area, the volume of water that enters a treatment plant can exceed capacity. What happens to the untreated water? 

City of Toledo

City of Toledo

Rose Lab

The Rose Labs are home to Joan's "water detectives", and to groundbreaking water research.

 

Joan's Lab 

Joan's Lab