"By increasing the algae's ability to attach to trace metals, we believe this research will be an important step in the identification of the best strategies for reducing heavy metal pollution and the remediation of contaminated sites and waters of the Great Lakes," said Sayre.
Contact: Richard Sayre, Ohio State University, (O) 614-292-9030, Email: email@example.com, Website: http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/rsayre/index.html
Study of Spartina Eradication Efforts will Help Native Birds, Seafood Industry
Spartina anglica is an exotic cordgrass that is rapidly spreading through mudflats in Puget Sound, Washington State. The invasive plant turns mudflats into salt marshes, rendering them less able to support shellfish or seabirds. Efforts undertaken to eradicate Spartina have been difficult thus far, and a study is underway to learn why. Washington Sea Grant researcher Sally Hacker will study the ecological conditions under which Spartina anglica invades native habitat and will examine the effectiveness of current eradication efforts. Results of the study will help research managers control this destructive weed, and aid Puget Sound's seabirds and shellfish growers.
Beginning this month, Washington Sea Grant will boost eradication efforts with the Spartina I.D. card. These photo-illustrated watch cards will contain useful information about identifying the plant and explain actions to take if it is found.
Contacts: Sally Hacker, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University Vancouver, (O) 360-546-9634, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for research information
Melissa O'Neill, Washington Sea Grant Communicator, (O) 206-685-9215, Email: email@example.com for information abo
Contact: Ben Sherman
National Sea Grant College Program