Blue-green algae patch mends wounds quickly

Alice Klein reports that a skin patch made of living blue-green algae speeds up wound healing in mice and may help to treat chronic wounds in people with diabetes, according to research published recently in the journal Science Advances. About a quarter of people with diabetes develop chronic wounds because…

Unexpected discovery: Blue-green algae produces oil

The ability to produce oil from water and carbon dioxide with the help of light is something that is essentially common to all plants, from unicellular algae to the giant sequoia trees. But a new study by the University of Bonn clears up inconsistencies in common doctrine, according to biologist…

Algae takes center stage in Florida political debates

E.A. Crunden writes in thinkprogress.org that Florida’s first gubernatorial debate was dominated by environmental and climate issues, with an emphasis on the state’s algae crisis, which has persisted throughout the midterm election cycle. Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis sparred… [Read the full story]

Salofa Oy introduces a blue-green algae test

Soon ordinary customers in Finland will be able to check that the water at their beach is free of cyanobacteria toxins. Finnish company Salofa Oy will commercialize the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) test originally developed by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland…

Micro photosynthetic power cells from blue-green algae

A team of researchers from the Optical Bio Microsystem lab at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, have invented and developed micro-photosynthetic cell technology that can harness electrical power from the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae. The research into an effective method for…