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New findings on lake snow to be share with the community

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 13 Feb, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

New findings from a study into lake snow will be presented to the public by program researchers next Tuesday, February 18 at the Lake Wānaka Centre. 

A slimy substance produced by cells of the freshwater alga Lindavia intermedia, lake snow (also known as “lake snot”) is a well-known nuisance in Central Otago lakes for fouling fishing lines, blocking filters and sticking to swimmers' clothing. 

In 2018, a research program led by academics from across New Zealand was established to better understand lake snow, what causes it and how it might be better controlled in the future. Whilst still under development, researchers are now ready to showcase their toolbox, share new information about lake snow, and answer questions from the general public.

Presenting the program's findings so far will be Phil Novis, an algal researcher from Lincoln University, Marc Schallenberg, a limnologist from the University of Otago, and Cara Luiten, a PhD candidate researching the chemical composition of lake snow at Victoria University of Wellington. 

The presentation will take place February 18, from 7:30 - 9pm in the main auditorium for those interested in where lake snow comes from, how it can be measured and future prospects for its control.  



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