CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 12, 2021

Toledo Blade, Nov. 1; featuring research led by Jay Martin, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Lantern, Oct. 29

CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 9, 2021

NOAA authorizes $1.77 million to research harmful algal blooms

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 27; projects include researchers from Ohio State

‘Crop diversity underpins food security’: Scientists flag ‘enormous’ diversity loss

Food Navigator; Oct. 26; Kristin Mercer, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, is one of the study’s co-authors

A next step in efforts to battle harmful algal blooms

Scientists from eight Ohio universities—including from Ohio State and specifically from CFAES—will lead the latest round of research supported by the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative.

Read the story. (Photo: Lake Erie, Getty Images.)

Sunny news: Smaller Lake Erie algal bloom predicted

From a press release today from our CFAES colleagues who work for Ohio Sea Grant:

“NOAA and its research partners are forecasting that western Lake Erie will experience a smaller-than-average harmful algal bloom this summer.”

“A relatively dry spring will lead to a repeat of last year’s mild bloom—this is the first time in more than a dozen years that mild blooms have occurred in consecutive summers.”

Read the full press release. (Photo: Lake Erie, Getty Images.)

CFAES sustainability news, May 25, 2021

Opinion: Bill aims to strip away water safeguards and hang Ohioans out to dry

Columbus Dispatch, May 14; featuring Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources and Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

New hope for killing algae blooms

Trade Only Today, May 6; featuring Heather Raymond, CFAES Water Quality Initiative

CFAES sustainability news, May 12, 2021

New York Times, May 5; featuring Marne Titchenell, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Toledo Blade (subscription required), May 2; Ohio State and CFAES research mentioned

Akron Beacon Journal, April 11; featuring Jeff Reutter, special advisor, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

REALLY tiny bubbles could help fight algal blooms

New technology using something called nanobubbles—tiny gas bubbles that are several thousand times smaller than a grain of sand—could help fight Ohio’s harmful algal blooms. Testing, with CFAES as a partner, is about to begin.

“This could be a game-changer for small lakes and reservoirs,” said Heather Raymond, director of the CFAES Water Quality Initiative.

Read the story. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Algal boom conference going online this year

Registration is open for this year’s Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference, set for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and slated to be held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Viewing the conference is free and open to the public, but you have to register in advance. Find details and a link to register.

The speakers will include scientists from USDA; the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; and CFAES.

Algal blooms are the typically pea-green, sometimes massive slime outbreaks that in recent years have plagued Lake Erie and other water bodies.

The conference’s organizer is Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program, which works to protect the environment of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.

(Photo: Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant.)