Distilling Science at the Experimental Lakes Area: Nanosilver

By Karla Zubrycki, Karla Zubrycki, Jöel Gendron, Joel Trenaman, Build Films on November 12, 2014

This video describes research being conducted at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc. (IISD-ELA), Canada, into the effects of nanosilver on lake ecosystems. It is part of a five-part series (Distilling Science) that highlights the range and importance of research done at the facility.

Water researchers are interested in nanotechnology, and one of its most commonplace applications: nanosilver. Today these tiny particles with anti-microbial properties are being used in a wide range of consumer products. The problem with nanoparticles is that we don’t fully understand what happens when they are released into the environment.

The research at the IISD-ELA will look at the impacts of nanosilver on ecosystems. What happens when it gets into the food chain? And how does it affect plants and animals?

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