Monday, March 16, 2009

Arsenic-cleaning alga found in Yellowstone

Researchers from Montana State University at Bozeman have found a red alga that thrives in arsenic-laden hot springs in Yellowstone, according to an article in The Billings Gazette.
The alga, called Cyanidioschyzon, lives in the outflow channels from acidic hot springs.
The discovery's possible applications are tantalizing--perhaps providing a way to detoxify mine tailings and soils.

Via Headwaters News

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