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July 03, 2015
The Good, the Bad, and the Algae
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Algae are complicated. The little plants can be both good and bad. Single-celled algae called phytoplankton are a main source of food for fish and other aquatic life, and account for half of the photosynthetic activity on Earth-that's good. But certain varieties such as some cyanobacteria produce toxins that can harm humans, fish, and other animals. Under certain conditions, algae populations can grow explosively - a spectacle known as an algal bloom, which can cover hundreds of square kilometers. ... read more

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