Synthetic biology – Ecover must come clean

Following The Ecologist’s revelation about Ecover’s use of synthetic biology to make laundry detergent, the company has put its trials on hold, writes Jim Thomas. But to regain public trust, the company must re-engage honestly with its critics, and its customers… Continue reading Synthetic biology – Ecover must come clean

[CN] 95% of blue-green algae in a recent bloom in Tai-hu, China, removed

Yang-chou University researchers, based on the fundamentals of ecology and fluid engineering, invented a method to rupture the air sacs in blue-green algae and destroy the cell by applying sufficient pressure on the algae.  This method,… Continue reading [CN] 95% of blue-green algae in a recent bloom in Tai-hu, China, removed

Decanso Bay’s brown tinge causes concern on Gabriola Island

Red tide came to mind for some Gabriola Islanders when they saw the colour of Descanso Bay in recent days.

A brown algal bloom was originally believed to have been caused by the same organism responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning, but if so, it wasn’t… Continue reading Decanso Bay’s brown tinge causes concern on Gabriola Island