Our team uses hydroponically grown plants to limit algal blooms. An algal bloom is a rapid increase of algae. Sometimes, they can happen naturally, but most of the time, they are a cause of nutrient pollution.
Excess nitrogen and phosphate are the key nutrients that can cause algae. These nutrients are also found in plant fertilizers. These nutrients are the same that are present in plant fertilizers. Plants can soak up these nutrients. You can see this cycle on our What Is Aquaponics page. Some plants can also soak up phosphate and nitrogen faster than others. Algal blooms need to be controlled quickly, as they can release cyanotoxins that can hurt aquatic life and human life.
Other research can be found on separate pages.