In news: The Union Govt has commissioned a study to assess the microbial diversity along the Ganga and test if the stretches of the river contain microbes.

The project will be implemented for two years and will be undertaken by: Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad; National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur; Sardar Patel Institute of Science & Technology, Gorakhpur, as well as start-up companies, Phixgen and Xcelris Labs. It will be undertaken under the National Mission for Clean Ganga of Jal Shakti Ministry.