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AQUATIC PLANT & ALGAE RESEARCH TO IDENTIFY BETTER SOLUTIONS 

There are many factors that can cause an overgrowth of weeds and algae in your waterbody. The scientists at Aquatic Systems will do a thorough evaluation to determine the root causes before we recommend ways to control aquatic weeds and algae in your Florida lake.

The methods used to manage invasive species while bringing back a healthy balance of Florida native aquatic plants may include a combination of biological control, chemical application, nutrient mitigation / abatement , aeration and mechanical removal. An important thing to remember when managing Florida waterbodies is that some of our native plants can also become very weedy and require some form of management. Examples of this are our native Eelgrass (Vallisneria americana) and Slender Spikerush (Eleocharis baldwinii). Our scientists are conducting research with some of the more invasive exotic aquatic weeds. This includes Rotala (Rotala rotundifolia) and Crested Floating Heart (Nymphoides cristata), both of which are currently making their way farther north into Florida but started out in the south.

Sam Sardes adds water to the mesocosm

Sam Sardes adds water to the mesocosm

Part of how Aquatic Systems develops a customized Integrated Pest Management plan is through mesocosm (aquarium) testing in our Aquatic Plant and Algae Lab. This allows us to test a wide array of protocols in our toolbox so that we can utilize the best methods with the most efficient results. Pairing field experiments with the results of mesocosm trials is a way to confirm our results in the lab. We strive to be true environmental stewards through the utilization of innovation in our in-house laboratories.
Sam is a native Floridian Research Biologist who is responsible for all of the testing of chemicals, plant ID and algae. Distinctions held and earned are:
• M.S. in Agronomy, University of Florida
• B.S. in Biology, Florida Atlantic University
• Student Director for the Aquatic Plant Management Society 2016-2017
The Science Team at Aquatic Systems takes pride in fine-tuning traditional management practices along with developing novel techniques with empirical data to support their use. They regularly conduct both lab and field experiments for new aquatic invasive plants. Field experiments are conducted with the assistance of our Regional Biologist and Service Teams, which are trained in field data collection so that we may conduct research throughout the state of Florida at any time.
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