Algal Blooms – A Downside of a Hot Summer – Wednesday 9th October 2013, 6pm

Copyright NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland

Copyright NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland

Harmful algal blooms can turn sea water red, freshwater a vivid green and represent a risk to humans and marine animals. In the heat of the summer the conditions are perfect for growth of algal bacteria.

This, along with other factors, can cause an explosion in growth called an algal bloom. A bloom at Clatto Country Park has caused the closure of its reservoir for six years as it posed a health risk. other local reservoirs and lochs are regularly tested for harmful algae.

Undergraduate Students at University of Dundee have decided to undertake the challenge to do something about it as part of the international synthetic biology competition, iGEM. Algal blooms are often a health hazard due to the toxins they release. The team based at the University’s College of Life Sciences is focusing on creating a new technology to clean-up harmful algae, as well as monitoring conditions to predict outbreaks.

This event takes place in the relaxed atmosphere of Dundee Science Centre’s infusion cafe.

Everyone is welcome. Non-bookable. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.