Barcode Long Island Team Anonymous Algae
Barcode Long Island
Research Topic:
Biodiversity & trade
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Barcoding Green Algae from Freshwater Ponds and Lakes
Jacob DeMaio, Chris Dunne
West Islip High School, Suffolk
Mary Kroll


Algae is a simple plant that can be multi or unicellular and comes in a lot of colors. One example of biological importance of algae is that it is a primary producer of oxygen. Also algae is a food source for many things that humans eat and if the algae releases harmful toxins, then humans can get sick and even die. Algae is quick to grow and helps control pollution by consuming carbon dioxide. Algae is helpful to humans because they all have high concentrations of nutrients like like protein, fatty acids, vitamins such as E and B-complex, and minerals (Amerman, n.d.). Kuoikova, Chien, Lewis, and Karol (2010) state that there are 14000 species of algae already known, but new species are discovered each year. Barcoding algae would also help in their accurate and rapid identification since there is difficulty identifying algae by traditional taxonomic means. The aim of this research is to barcode algae in order to find the difference between algae biodiversity in bodies of fresh water wi


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