May 7, 2014

‘Rock Snot’ Blooms Due To Native Algae

[ Read the Article: Rock Snot Blooms In Rivers Worldwide Blamed On Native Algae Species ]

The recent appearance of the freshwater algae known as “rock snot” on river bottoms worldwide is caused by a native species responding to changing environmental conditions rather than by accidental introductions by fishermen or the emergence of a new genetic strain as widely believed, a Dartmouth College-led study suggests.

Credit: Brad Taylor / Dartmouth College

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