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Attack of the killer algae - Eric Noel Muñoz


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As benign as it may look up close, the tiny seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia can wreak quite a bit of havoc on coastal ecosystems. This super algae is very adaptable; it also grows fast and spreads easily. Eric Noel Muñoz gives the details of this plant’s incredible invasion, shedding light on the risks of introducing invasive species into new ecosystems.

The Carlsbad detection of Caulerpa taxifolia in Agua Hedionda Lagoon was the first known detection in the western hemisphere of this invasive seaweed. We benefited from the years of experience of scientists and coastal managers from Mediterranean Sea countries. How important is it to collaborate with others, even half a world away, when confronted with environmental challenges and trying to identify realistic solutions?

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  • Educator Eric Noel Munoz
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