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FLMS Virtual Workshop: Algal Identification in the Environment
February 5 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am CST
Part 1: Workshop Description: This workshop is designed as an introduction to the general groups of freshwater algae, their ecology and diversity. We will review key features distinguishing the major algal groups: cyanobacteria, chlorophytes, diatoms, dinoflagellates, red algae, euglenophytes, etc. and spend some time looking at specimens under the scope.
Part 2: Workshop Description: This workshop has a special focus on harmful and nuisance algae (focusing on cyanobacteria) in freshwater systems. We will dive into the ecology of both planktonic and benthic members of this group, while identifying major problematic taxa (genera and species). Together, we will identify morphological features that are used in discern these genera. Depending on time, aspects of toxicity and control will also be discussed.