Water quality and survivability of Didymosphenia geminata
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Didymosphenia geminata or Didymo has become a world-wide invasive aquatic species. During blooms, the algae can form thick mats covering entire reaches of stream bottom, which in turn creates negative aesthetic, ecologic, and economic impacts. Although Didymo is historically present in the United States, it is spreading quickly into areas that were previously free of it, and is even growing in waters that were thought not ideal habitat for Didymo. Previous research on how water quality affects Didymo growth and spreading appear to be influenced by streamflow rates and water pH levels. Other water ...