The VLMP has developed a process to allow volunteers to identify, document and track the growth of metaphyton in Maine lakes and ponds. “Metaphyton” is a group of filamentous algae that form blooms in shallow (littoral) areas of lakes. The blooms are often described as having the appearance of green or yellow/green cotton candy. The significance of possible increases in metaphyton growth in some Maine lakes is not fully understood. Interest in the role that this group of algae play in lake ecosystems is growing. Anecdotal and observational information suggests that many lakes have experienced a substantial increase in metaphyton growth during the past decade. This project will enable volunteers to participate in gathering information to help study this phenomenon. Please contact the VLMP at 207-783-7733 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about monitoring metaphyton. You can also view our standardized protocols for metaphyton monitoring here.
Please click here for this informative one-page review on metaphyton by Hannah Shute and Dr. Karen Wilson of the University of Southern Maine.
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