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Leveraging Basic Ecology to Improve Water Quality and Aquaculture Production

Blooms of toxigenic cyanobacteria poison aquaculture ponds around the world. Researchers at Auburn University will integrate whole pond and lab-based experiments along with a large-scale pond monitoring study conducted at several aquaculture farms to evaluate the effectiveness of using food-web manipulations, namely the presence of large-bodied zooplankton (Daphnia) that are tolerant to toxic cyanobacteria, to control algal blooms in catfish aquaculture ponds. Extension outreach activities, such as workshops, newsletters, and pond bank interactions will be used to share project findings with aquaculture professionals, extension agents, legislators, and academics.

NIFA supports this research through the Special Research Grants Program.

Read more about this project through NIFA's Data Gateway. Photo by Henry Fadamiro.

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Agriculture systems and technology;
Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment
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