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Blue green algae
Transcript of Blue green algae
Micro-organisms found in lakes, ponds, streams and other water bodies. Have you ever gone swimming in a lake or a pond and ended up having green stuff on your body ??? A clear lake or pond that becomes cloudy with algae growth BLOOMS. Do You know what it is ? What is the difference between blue green algae and a normal algae?? More related to bacteria
Blue green algae is prokaryote where as green algae is eukaryote
In algae the color comes from a pigment called chlorophyll and in blue green algae the pigment is phycocyanin. Why be concerned about toxic blooms ? There are several consequences these blooms can cause on your health.
The three main types are:
Hepatotoxins- damages liver and may cause cancer.
Neurotoxins- damage nerves, can cause muscles tremors especially in the breathing muscles.
Allergens- skin rashes irritation of eyes and much more!
Pets may drink the water and become paralyzed or even die! Benefits of Blue Green Algae? One of the most nutrient and dense food on this planet.
There are two types: Spirulina Aphanizomenon Flos- Aquae Proteins
Amino acids. Phenylethlamine helps during depression, increases concentration and elevate mood
Also vitamin C, vitamin K, and B complex vitamins. How can we prevent them ? Minimizing nutrient levels in water storage's.
Restricting light into water surfaces.
Chemical controls such as Algicides. Any Questions? THE END. Signs of Toxic Blooms Deaths of fish, water fowl, other aquatic animals as well as non aquatic
For humans; skin rashes after being in the affected water
Unexplained death/sickness of cats or dogs
Looks like green paint, thick green pea soup When will a bloom go away? Cooler weather, rainfall and reduced sunshine will lead to the break up of the bloom
Some blooms die off after a few weeks, while others persist for a few months, depending on the conditions. Fascinating Facts! Blue green algae can be present in water body without being visible.
The algal toxicity is comparable to common tiger snake and brown snake's poison when injected into mice.
In Brazil, 75 dialysis patients died after direct exposure to toxins in their dialysis fluid.
Blue green algal are colorless, odorless and can remain in water even after the blue green algae have disappeared.
Blue green algae is not destroyed by boiling the water. Has packets of gas called vacuoles that helps the algae to float on surface.
By staying near the surface they are able to build up their energy.
They converts sun's energy into carbohydrates.