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The Chemical Ecology Program includes a NELAC-approved water quality laboratory and conducts research and provides water quality monitoring services throughout Florida. (NELAC is a national accrediting body that certifies laboratory quality and standards. This certification validates all of the water quality laboratory's measurements.)

The Program conducts monthly water quality sampling for Sarasota County, participates in the national EcoHAB program and provides analytical support for many other programs at Mote. EcoHAB is the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms Research Program — a multi-agency partnership between NOAA's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR-lead), NOAA Office of Protected Resources, NOAA Sea Grant, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Office of Naval Research.

The Chemical Ecology Program also conducts studies on optical brighteners contained in laundry detergents, leading to the development of a new tool for examining seepage from septic tanks into local water bodies. The program has also been extensively involved in research to define the relationships between seagrass health and light-reducing factors such as chlorophyll, color, epiphytes and dissolved organic matter.

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