Phosphorus ‘Signatures’ Help Managers Understand, Mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms

Researchers at The Ohio State University are investigating new techniques to detect organic phosphorus compounds in water samples from the Lake Erie watershed. Their goal is to develop unique phosphorus signatures that can provide a clue to the origin of phosphorus found fueling harmful algal blooms (HABs). Dr. Paula Mouser, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic …

New App Helps Farmers Plot Farm Management Decisions

A new app from The Ohio State University allows growers to compare the effectiveness of different management decisions within fields. The aim, in part, is to improve water quality throughout the state. Called Ohio State PLOTS, the free app allows growers, as well as consultants and others who support growers, to design replicated plot layouts by creating on-farm trials that …

EVENT: Harmful Algal Bloom Research at Stone Lab

Justin Chaffin, Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory, will discuss several ongoing research projects at October’s Water Management Association of Ohio luncheon. Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, 11:30 to 1 Location: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Heffner Building, Columbus, OH Registration (pref. by Oct. 7): https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=69960 More information: WMAO event posting; Event flier …

EVENT: Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop In Toledo To Discuss Health Impacts

GWI Faculty Advisory Committee member Jiyoung Lee will co-lead a workshop for health professionals on the front lines of harmful algal blooms in Toledo, Ohio next month. Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:30 to 1 Location: Lucas County EMS Training Center, 2127 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH 43206 Registration (by May 27): http://habs2016.eventbrite.com Contact: Samantha Eitniear, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, 419-213-4073 …

Searching For Cancer Treatments In Harmful Algal Blooms

A new collaboration by researchers at Ohio State, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Biosortia Pharmaceuticals will explore the potential for cancer treatments in compounds harvested from harmful algal blooms such as those that appear on Lake Erie every summer. Early results show promise for applications to pediatric cancer (neuroblastoma), liver cancer (Hepatitis C virus) and an alternative approach to combat tumor …

Farmers, Consultants Needed For Major Initiative To Update Fertilizer Guidelines

April 27, 2016 It’s been 20 years since agronomists have developed fertilizer recommendations in Ohio. But now, Ohio State University Extension is embarking on a major initiative to determine the optimal rates of fertilization on the state’s major crops. The goal is to not only maximize farm profitability, but also contribute to improved nutrient management and water quality in the …

EVENT: GWI’s Jay Martin On The Solution Space For Harmful Algal Blooms

Tackling harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and other freshwater bodies is no easy challenge–but GWI Senior Faculty Lead Jay Martin and others have some ideas for how to address these annual nuisances. Following a new report just out by Martin and colleagues at the University of Michigan, Ohio State, Heidelberg and Texas A & M, he participated in a …

White House Water Summit Attendees. Source: First Coast News.

Ohio State Joins US Water Partnership In Commitments At White House Water Summit

The White House Water Summit, held on World Water Day (March 22), gathered leading institutions with a stake in innovating sustainable solutions to mounting water safety and security issues–and Ohio State was one of them. Marty Kress, interim director of the Global Water Institute at Ohio State, was on hand to participate in the summit, which consisted of a series …