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Evidence of freshwater algae toxins found in marine shellfish

Santa Cruz - Scientists have detected high levels of the freshwater algae toxin, microcystin, in shellfish in San Francisco Bay. Although coastal waters are monitored for toxins produced by marine algae, they are not routinely tested for freshwater algae toxins.

Blue-green algae adapting easily to rising carbon dioxide levels

Rising CO2 levels will eventually force many of the Earth's life forms to adapt or end up being lost. One species, the blue-green algae, of which there are many toxin-producing varieties, is adapting very quickly, and that is not a good thing.

Drinking and recreational waters under threat from toxic algae

Toxic cyanobacteria blooms, or blue-green algae blooms are often poorly monitored and have become an under-appreciated health risk, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. There are several factors contributing to the concerns.

Scientists discover how to make fuel from sunlight

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have discovered how to make fuel from sunlight and engineered cyanobacteria — commonly known as blue-green algae.

It is a new 'Bac' on the block

Paris - A new strain of cyanobacteria has been discovered in the partially scorched waters of Lake Alchichica in Mexico. The bacteria are believed to be unique since they produce a unique endoskeleton comprising of calcified lumpy granules.

UCLA researchers find way to save the world while creating fuel

Researchers at the UCLA have successfully engineered a bacteria to eat carbon dioxide -- a gas thought to be a major contributor to global warming.

Researchers Discover New Source for Biofuels

A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin

Where did all the oxygen go?

It has long been assumed that oxygen-producing cyanobacteria were responsible for the appearance of oxygen in the earth's atmosphere. If that theory is correct, then how is it possible that they appeared at least 200 million years before the oxygen?

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Microcystis algae grow in a large bloom in the Copco Reservoir on the Klamath River  posing health r...
Microcystis algae grow in a large bloom in the Copco Reservoir on the Klamath River, posing health risks to people, pets and wildlife.
University of Oregon
Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg undergoing eutrophication.
Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg undergoing eutrophication.
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“As one of the largest lakes in the world  Lake Winnipeg is very well known  but not much is known...
“As one of the largest lakes in the world, Lake Winnipeg is very well known, but not much is known internationally about the dramatic environmental problems of the lake and the wetlands in its watershed,” said Udo Gattenlohner, of Global Nature Fund.
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