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Antarctic cyanobacterial mat

Cyanobacteria are crazily robust organisms. They can thrive pretty much anywhere damp: The surface of desert rocks, oceans, in soil, lakes, the trunks of trees and even your house. 129 more words

How Should the "Precautionary Principle" Apply to Cyanobacterial Algal Blooms?

This paper is well written and a good review of our current understanding of cyanobacterial algal blooms.

The most likely exposure to harmful algal blooms is not from ingestion of drinking water, but skin contact in recreational waters. 298 more words

Microbial Contaminants

Wisconsin lakes need stronger management to tolerate climate change

Post by Jenny Seifert

“We in Wisconsin can do a lot to build our resilience to climate change,” says Stephen Carpenter, director of UW-Madison’s Center for Limnology… 592 more words

'Blue-green algae' proliferating in lakes

(McGill University 26 February 2015) The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries — and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University. 15 more words

Climate Change

BMAA and ALS: A Close Look at Eutrophication

The overall equation representing one of life’s ultimate achievements, photosynthesis, is the biggest oversimplification you will find in any basic science book on the planet. It shows water, carbon dioxide and sunlight as reactants and glucose and oxygen as products. 672 more words

Ecological Chem

Gutharraguda - Colours of Shark Bay

In my previous posts I have written about some of our inspiring encounters with the magnificent wildlife of Shark Bay. The Malgana people used to call this land ‘Two Bays’ or  190 more words


The origins of life …

I have been reading Richard Fortey’s book “Survivors” (see “”They don’t do much, do they?””) which is a rare and precious thing in the world of natural history writing as he devotes two whole chapters to the algae.   531 more words