Algae: Small size, big impact

Algae are a vital component of aquatic food webs. However, some species can be harmful. Though these potentially damaging algae are often present in the water in small numbers, under certain conditions their populations can increase rapidly. Known as an algal bloom, these events can cause health issues and ecological and economic harm. Here we highlight the impacts of large bloom events in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.

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