Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Texas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Texas Project

Distribution of Golden Alga in Brazos River and Rio Grande Basins

June 2015 - May 2017


Participating Agencies

  • Texas Tech University

The distribution of the highly toxic golden alga will be determined in streams and reservoirs of the Brazos River and Rio Grande basins (Texas and New Mexico), including ecologically key sites previously unexplored. Highly sensitive eDNA techniques will be used, and the abundance of the alga will be analyzed in the context of water quality. Knowledge derived from this study may be useful for controlling the further spread of the highly toxic golden alga and for remediation of affected habitat.