Video: The pond scum that can kill

The pond scum that can kill (video)
Credit: The American Chemical Society

You've probably seen that pesky greenish stuff floating on lakes and ponds. Usually this pond "scum" is just a nuisance. But sometimes it is a horde of cyanobacteria—also known as blue-green algae—that can blossom into a harmful algal bloom capable of releasing all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment.

In the latest Speaking of Chemistry, Sophia Cai jumps in the pond to teach you all about these blue-green menaces:

Explore further

Project to reduce risk of harmful algal blooms in ponds and lakes

Citation: Video: The pond scum that can kill (2016, June 2) retrieved 24 November 2020 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments