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
Macroalgae are large species of algae often referred to as seaweeds. When not attached to bottom sediments, they are commonly called drift algae. Macroalgae come in colors of red, green, brown and black, and they randomly wash up on beaches ... READ MORE
The UF/IFAS Research Dean’s Office is recognizing former undergraduate student Rebecca O’Connell and Soil and Water Sciences research professor Dr. Ann Wilkie for their research paper. The article they co-authored, “Comparing Harvest Productivity ... READ MORE
COVID-19 Resumption Plan for LakeWatch Activities in St. Lucie County
Proposed restart date August 2020
The following processes will be undertaken for the COVID-19 Resumption Plan for LakeWatch activities at the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie ... READ MORE
Being a marine biologist, I’ve always looked at the oceans and estuaries from the water – in, on, under – my marine biology world has been one of close contact, until last year. Last year is when I started working with a small group of ... READ MORE
With red tide in southwest Florida giving us a reprieve, it’s a good time to think about the future. Red tides have occurred in Florida 57 of the last 66 years, so we should expect future events. But a red tide shouldn't mean we have to avoid ... READ MORE
Red tide is an example of a harmful algal bloom, or HAB. The majority of HAB species are phytoplankton (floating algae, mostly single-celled). However, they also include some tiny microalgae that live attached to plants or other substrates as ... READ MORE
Algae blooms have received significant attention in the media -- and for good reason. These blooms cause serious environmental harm to water, wildlife, and ecosystem health. Plants, fish, and other animals can die. For some of Florida’s most ... READ MORE