ARLINGTON - University of Texas at Arlington Biology
Professor James P. Grover and colleagues from Baylor University and Texas
A&M University have received a $498,000 grant from the Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department for a comparative study of algae on Lake Waco
and Lake Granbury.
than six million fish have been killed since 1988 along the Brazos
River due to high golden algae levels, according to Texas Parks and
Wildlife. In fact, just last year, thousands of dead fish washed up on
the shores of Lake Whitney. But this was a small incident in comparison
to a similar event in 2005, when more than a million fish died in the
lake over a three-month period. Officials believe large golden algae
blooms contributed to the deaths, attacking the fishes' gills causing
them to suffocate.
researchers will try to locate certain coves or "hotspots" in the lakes
where conditions are optimal for golden algae growth, and will conduct
laboratory experiments on the growth of golden algae and other algae
occurring in these lakes. The researchers aim to evaluate manipulation
of nutrients in those hotspots as a measure to reduce golden algae
growth. They expect to have results in about two years.
Contact Grover at (817) 272-2405 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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