Microbes aggregate sediment: blue-green algae
Cyanobacteria grow large layered clumps of rock and algae, called stromatolites, by trapping sediment in mucus and filaments.
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Solar-based low-energy method for clearing sediment from polluted waters while creating a substrate for microorganisms that degrade and/or absorb pollutants.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Environmental, water utilities