It is algae bloom season in Florida, and blooms and smells surfacing from ponds, lakes and coastal waterways may be a sign that something is happening.
A free virtual webinar on August 2 will teach attendees how to identify and confirm algae bloom through testing, as well as who to contact for more information . Registration is required for ‘Algae Blooms and Our Waterways,’ set from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The webinar will be hosted by Dail Laughinghouse, assistant professor of applied phycology at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences based at UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. He is broadly trained working with both basic and applied algal research from Tropical to Polar regions. His lab focuses on novel uses of algae, remediation and detection and effects of bioactive compounds.
In light of the recent algae blooms surfacing Broward County, the Treasure Coast and other Florida coastal areas, Laughinghouse will cover algae in our environment and how nutrients, stormwater runoff and other environmental issues have direct impact on our waterways and their health.
The webinar, part of the 2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Lecture Series, is a monthly program designed to connect residents with the scientists who focus on horticultural and environmental topics as they relate to South Florida. It is a collaboration between UF/IFAS Extension Broward County and UF/IFAS FLREC. For information on the 2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Lecture Series, contact Anthony Gross at Anthony.email@example.com.
By Lourdes Mederos firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.