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Floating islands research

Floating islands project studies water quality, pollinator plants

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

The sustainable environments interdisciplinary graduate program’s floating islands research project is back on Iowa State University’s Lake LaVerne for the first summer since 2015. While the project still measures nutrient uptake from the water, this year’s research adds a new twist. Pollinator plants are being used to determine if floating islands could have a twofold benefit by helping threatened insects such as bees and butterflies.