EcoTribute: Algae. What is it?

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So what’s the deal with algae? In this tribute we discuss the what, the why and the “OMG, really?” behind these perplexing organisms. For more information check out the  algae spotlight found here.

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Spotlight: Algae

Most of us have heard the term algae used when we see that slimy green goo caked on rocks along the beach, or when we see a mold-like muck in the water of an outdoor Jacuzzi that’s overdue for a clean. You may have even heard of them in the news, with headlines reading “Dangerous algal bloom appears off the coast”. But what actually are algae? Are they plants? Fungi? Is it even alive or just some kind of aquatic debris that collects over time? And what purpose could they possibly serve?

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