Algae!! In your…toothpaste?

Algae!! In your…toothpaste?

When you think about the word “algae,” what comes to mind? Do you think slimy? Green? Smelly? These are all ways in which we might describe our gooey ocean plant-like friend, however there are so many beneficial uses to this interesting water...

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Sargassum is it a Weed?

Sargassum is it a Weed?

What makes a weed a weed? It grows fast, it takes up resources of other native species thereby reducing diversity, and it causes ecological problems because it is so abundant – sometimes called a “monoculture”. Did you know there are “weeds” in...

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Kelp: The Floating Forests

Kelp: The Floating Forests

What has the world’s fastest linear growth, contains remedies for everything from heartburn to wrinkles, and might be in your t-shirt right now and in the PB&J you had for lunch? If you said giant brown kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera...

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Kelp Rafts

Kelp Rafts

Kelp is anchored in the ocean by a root-like structure called a holdfast. During storms, or when large waves or strong currents come through, kelp can detach from its underlying substrate and begin to drift in the ocean. As the kelp floats along...

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The Nitrogen Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle

The Nitrogen Cycle is an essential building block of life. Living organisms need nitrogen to develop the proteins that form the structures of their cells. Nitrogen is also all around us, with nitrogen gas making up nearly 80% of the Earth’s...

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Holdfast: The Anchor of Algae

Holdfast: The Anchor of Algae

Kelp and algae are like the trees and shrubs of the aquatic world except for one important factor, THEY’RE NOT PLANTS!  Kelp is in fact in the Kingdom Protista meaning that among other things it does not use roots to absorb nutrients nor does it...

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Likin’ Lichen

Likin’ Lichen

Lichen is the combination of fungi, algae and even bacteria through a symbiotic relationship. It is one of the few organisms we know about that draws upon and spans across multiple kingdoms! Lichen are known as pioneer species: a species that...

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DIY Algae Press in 9 Simple Steps

DIY Algae Press in 9 Simple Steps

DIY Algae presses are a fun way for students to take a little piece of CIMI home with them. After learning about the three different types of algae (Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta), each student has an opportunity to design their very...

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