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However, high bacterial concentrations from WWTP effluents in the lower watershed are of concern on the basis of their proximity to the bay and the lack of time for bacterial decay in the system.
The new technology is highly sensitive to the detection of biogenic amines (produced by bacterial decay of meat and fish), more sensitive than the human sense of smell.
A giant, walk-through "rusticle" will help explain the natural cycle of underwater corrosion and bacterial decay that's eating away the ship.