Bacteria and Fungi of
Emigration Creek

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at Westminster College. Please direct questions to 
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Fungi and bacteria are important components of the Emigration Creek ecosystem, though they are small and difficult to see.  They decompose wastes, such as decaying leaves and animal matter, and allow organically bound minerals such as nitrogen and phosphorous to be released back into the system.  They are also an excellent food and mineral source for algae, snails, planaria, and diatoms.  Though they have many beneficial aspects, fungi, specifically a spore form called Myxobolus cerebralis, is responsible for infections and death of fish including trout.  Although trout live in Emigration Creek, it is not known if this disease occurs in the Emigration Creek watershed



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