If you live in Florida, chances are you have heard or read about “harmful algal blooms" commonly referred to as HABs. We have received many requests for an episode on this topic, so…here it is! What are algae? What is a HAB? Are all algae ... READ MORE
Citizen scientists help preserve seagrasses in the Panhandle and Southwest Florida through a program called Eyes on Seagrass, which now has a dedicated webpage where potential volunteers can learn more.
The efforts of the people who give ... READ MORE
Puerto Rico is famous for its bioluminescent bays, but did you know that we have the same organism creating bioluminescence right here in Florida? Each summer, the northern Indian River Lagoon attracts visitors at night for a special sight ... READ MORE
In recent years, Charlotte Harbor (and the Southwest coast of Florida in general) has seen the periodic episodes of floating grey and brown carpet-like blobs. Their appearance, and the fact that they sometimes have a strong smell, gives the ... READ MORE
On and off over the past four decades, scientists have tried a handful of times to restore sea urchins on coral reefs because they eat harmful algae that otherwise smother the ecosystems.
Results of a new collaborative study show promise ... READ MORE
Como agente de extensión de Florida Sea Grant, recibo muchas preguntas sobre la marea roja y solicitudes para presentar sobre este tema. El número de consultas sobre la marea roja se intensifican durante los períodos en los que se producen ... READ MORE
As a Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, I get many questions about red tide and requests to present on this topic. The number of inquiries regarding red tide intensifies during periods when harmful algal blooms are occurring, just like now.
Regardless ... READ MORE
Algae are an important component of an ecosystem, but when algae populations grow out of control, they begin to decrease water quality. The summer months generate high water temperatures and abundant sunlight. This in combination with excessive ... READ MORE
You may have noticed that the term algae and plant are separate in the title. Let’s begin our lesson there.
Are algae plants?
When I was in school (a long time ago) they did list them as plants – nonvascular plants. ... READ MORE
DAVIE, Fla. --- Rivers, lakes, and ponds are recreational destinations for swimming, fishing, boating and more. When cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) form releasing toxins into these freshwater systems, there can be harmful impacts ... READ MORE