Freshwater biology

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Freshwater biology is the scientific biological study of freshwater ecosystems and is a branch of Limnology. It seeks to understand the relationships between living organisms in freshwater and their physical and chemical environment. The discipline is also widely used in a number of industrial processes such as sewage treatment[1] and water purification which utilise biological processes to effect purification.

In the UK, a leading organization promoting and practising freshwater biology is the Freshwater Biological Association[2] based near Windermere in Cumbria.

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  1. ^ Open University - Sewage treatment processes
  2. ^ The Freshwater Biological Association web site