An amazing species of very large algae, which we call sea tomatoes (STs), are found in a select few of the Kanger area lakes. We believe the STs are a colonial species of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, in the nostoc family. Nostocs are one of the largest blue-green algae. The STs are orange and red and come in many different sizes, with some growing up to the size of a grapefruit.
While in the field in Kanger we were interested in:
1) What environmental conditions cause for the bloom-like presence in some lakes versus the complete absence in other lakes?
2) What are the consequences of the STs on the lake environment?
Check back soon for how we went about with answering these questions