Most algae are not harmful but many types can grow out of control under the right environmental conditions and the resulting algae blooms can be detrimental to the lake’s plants and animals.
Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria), may release toxins that are hazardous to animals and humans. Cyanobacteria, occurring in Florida lakes, can cause skin irritation on contact, or more severe reactions if the water is ingested or inhaled.
Our scientists, in our state-of-the-art Algae ID lab, have the knowledge, experience, and resources to identify all algae types and determine if they are potentially toxic or not. They can also determine the best methods to reduce blooms and prevent them from recurring.
Our laboratory uses advanced phase-contrast microscopy to study algae. The enhanced image on the right reveals Aerotopes – clusters of gas vesicles allowing our biologists to better identify and manage blue-green algae blooms.