Determining the current distribution and potential spread of Didymo in North Carolina streams

Tennessee Tech University

This project will improve stream habitat and fisheries resources in North Carolina streams by conducting research on Didymo colonization and mat formation, and better defining the conditions that lead to blooms in this region.

Counties Impacted:

  • Jackson
  • Macon
  • Burke
  • Haywood
  • Wilkes
  • Graham
  • Ashe
  • Watauga
  • Mitchell
  • Yancey
  • Buncombe
  • Graham
  • Swain
  • Cherokee

 

This project will help fisheries and water resource managers to predict which streams will be most susceptible to Didymo colonization and mat formation, and better define the conditions that lead to blooms in this region. This work will also allow a more focused management approach to better allocate resources to mitigate recreational and ecological impacts of this alga." 

- Justin Murdock, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Tennessee Tech University

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