UF researcher seeks ways to reduce red tide

TAMPA, Fla – Researchers at the University of Florida are studying what can be done to improve the quality of our water.

Amanda Muni-Morgan is studying for her doctorate. In the process, she conducts research into the nutrients that could power Karenia Brevis. Karenia Brevis is a species of harmful algal bloom, which causes red tide.

The Muni-Morgan study will use water samples from rain and stormwater runoff in Tampa Bay. She will mix these water samples with lab-grown Karenia Brevis.

From there, she’ll use cutting-edge technology to see what powers Karenia Brevis. This will tell him what action needs to be taken.

As she studies, she believes she will find changes people might need to make.

“People don’t know that using something like reclaimed water is beneficial because you’re reusing the water, it has nutrients in it and can impact our water quality,” explained Muni Morgan. In addition to reclaimed water, she will look at the impact of fertilizers, pet waste and lawn clippings on our water quality.

From her studies, she hopes to see what needs to change to improve the quality of our water. His study will last two years. She says doing this during the rainy season and the dry season will be useful for comparing her findings.

“I really want to shed some light on some independent practices that may be compounded by our resources in Tampa Bay,” Muni-Morgan said.

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