What akes blue-green algae dangerous?—Speaking of chemistry

[Global] Pond scum is usually just a nuisance, but it can become dangerous. Check out the chemistry behind these harmful algal blooms.

When the environmental conditions are right, blue-green algae (which are actually blue-green bacteria) can blossom into harmful algal blooms. These blooms can release all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment.

In this episode, SOC’s Sophia Cai explains how human health could be at risk, with help from SOC’s structure-drawing extraordinaire, Lauren Wolf.

Want more chemistry goodness? Check out these resources:

  1. CyanoMap http://www.cyanomap.com/about
  2. Scientists debate the best way to tame toxic algal blooms | C&EN http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i12/Sc…
  3. Monitoring uncovers mysterious phosphorus pollution | C&EN http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/web/20…
  4. Blue-Green Algae: Iridescent but Deadly | The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc…
  5. Cyanobacteria and Algae Blooms | CDC http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hsb/hab/
  6. Harmful Algal Blooms | EPA https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution…
  7. A review on cylindrospermopsin | Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articl…
  8. The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water | NPR http://www.npr.org/2013/08/11/2111305…
  9. Drinking Water Health Advisory for the Cyanobacterial Microcystin Toxins | EPA https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/…
  10. Unauthorized Storage of Toxic Agents | Assassination Archives & Research Center http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/chu…

 

View original article at: Taking another look: the link between blue-green algae and MND

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