Practical Water Wisdom: Impending AIS Threats

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Practical Water Wisdom: Impending AIS Threats
8/3/23, 12:00 pm - 8/3/23, 1:00 pm


Registration required to attend this virtual event.


Microorganisms are vital to all ecosystems, but the overgrowth of bacterial microorganisms can lead to short and long-term problems for freshwater systems. Certain bacteria, specifically cyanobacteria, can produce toxins harmful to human and animal health.

In this presentation, University of Minnesota Duluth Associate Professor of Biology Cody Sheik will share research being done across Minnesota and the Great Lakes to identify what microbes are present, and to consider the implications to our environment and our use of water for recreation and daily living.

Cody will also talk about some non-native microbes that may be considered aquatic invasive species (AIS) that can cause even bigger problems as they invade our lakes.

Practical Water Wisdom: A Virtual Learning Series is presented by Itasca Waters with support from:


Cody Sheik, associate professor, Department of Biology, Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth.


John A. Downing, director, Minnesota Sea Grant.

Image credit: MPCA