My research partner and I plan to conduct a research using tardigrades as bioindicators for air pollution. Air pollution is a broad description that may include many common atmospheric pollutants (ex. particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, etc.) and as of now our research is only limited to determining the effect of air pollution to diversity of the tardigrade species. We are not yet able to determine the possible direct effects of these pollutants on, for instance, the tardigrade's body processes, knowing that these water bears can undergo cryptobiosis to withstand unfavorable environmental conditions. Thus to gather more possible information, we would like to know which, if any, of these common pollutants could have the most effect on tardigrades.

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