Photosynthesis is a chemical process that occurs in many forms of bacteria and virtually all plants, including aquatic plants and algae. Using just three simple ingredients (carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight) plants and bacteria are able to make their own food. Early forms of algae and bacteria were the first organisms to photosynthesize. Scientists estimate […]
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Oxygen is a natural element which no animal can live without. Fish and other aquatic animals depend on oxygen gas dissolved in water as much as people depend on oxygen gas in air. Many people are surprised to learn that fish and other aquatic organisms don’t use oxygen from water molecules (H2O). This is because […]
Quick Facts MORE INFO Scientific name Pistia stratiotes Origin – some debate native vs. exotic South America Introduction Colonial period, ship ballast (?) Aquatic community Floating Habitat Water surfaces Distribution Peninsula, rare in panhandle Management effort Maintenance control 2014 public waters / plant acres: 168 / 2,954 Environmental and Economic Concerns Growth rate similar to […]
Quick Facts MORE INFO Scientific name Eichhornia crassipes Origin South America Introduction 1880s, horticulturists Aquatic community Floating Habitat Water surfaces Distribution Statewide, especially peninsula Management effort Maintenance control 2014 public waters / plant acres: 220 / 1,625 Environmental and Economic Concerns Populations double in as little as two weeks Disperses by seeds and stolons Harbors […]