Scientists Discover How Didymo Blooms in Nutrient-Poor Rivers

In an effort to understand how didymo (“rock snot”) is different from other algae in its preference for nutrient-poor streams and rivers, scientists have discovered that the species can concentrate phosphorus from the surrounding water.  The new study, funded by the National Science Foundation, should help conservationist and water managers identify rivers that are most at-risk.

“It has uncovered the fascinating mechanism by which Didymo ‘scrubs’ phosphorus from a stream or river,” says [NSF program director Tim] Kratz, “then creates a microenvironment that allows microbes to make this nutrient available for Didymo’s growth.”  Reported in ScienceDaily.

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  • Kurt Sleighter

    Hi Steve,
    I’m a little concerned that you would post a link to how well “Didymo does in nutrient-poor waters.”  This might make your readers think we are nutrient-poor, when, in fact, we have the most nutrient-rich tailwater on the planet.
    Other than that, good gig you got going – GREAT blogs, enjoying them all, nicely done!!
    T and I are excited with the new ownership and you running the show….we both hope that this works really, really well for everyone.   Blue Ribbon, which is closer to our home, is a really nice shop but we just don’t know those folks as well as we do you and Chad and Bill Thorne.  The new owership is exciting news and we wish you all the best.