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Monday, January 9, 2017

Understanding and predicting harmful algal blooms in Minnesota lakes

Thank you for visiting the Blue-green algae in Minnesota lakes webpage and for reading our blog. We are happy that you are here! The Blue-green Algae webpage is a hub for algae research and outreach.

Recent funding by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as approved by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources and the University of Minnesota has propelled a new round of research focused on understanding and predicting blue-green algae. By sharing information, insight, and lessons learned, we can assist Minnesota state agencies, scientists and all citizens to create a better picture of potential Harmful Algal Blooms in Minnesota.

Our goals for this webpage and blog are to:
  • Explore and learn about algae and freshwater HABs
  • Convey specific and helpful information among researchers, local and state agencies, and the public, so all can learn something new about algae and increase understanding of algae -- particularly freshwater HABs
  • Promote and inform the public of the current algae research by providing a space for our researchers to share about what they do, who they are, who do they work for, and how we all may benefit from their work
  • Make research findings more accessible and provide opportunities for researchers and citizens to get involved in algae research and outreach
  • Provide support and nurturing for our ongoing algae focused programs

What is coming next in our Blog?

Research Updates by HAB researchers. We will follow up with state and regional agencies and stakeholders and learn about their work with HAB and we'll share a lot of photos.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to contribute to this blog, leave a comment on this post or contact Shahram Missaghi, University of Minnesota Extension, at 952-221-1333 or

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