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The Threat of Toxic Algae Blooms in Our Fresh Waters, Nov. 20

feature-imageSteven W. Wilhelm, the Kenneth & Blaire Mossman Professor of Microbiology, will present “The Threat of Toxic Algae Blooms in Our Fresh Waters,” Friday, November 20 via Zoom.

Cyanobacterial blooms occur when large amounts of wastewater containing phosphorus and nitrogen enter a body of water from industrial, agricultural, or residential areas, turning the water blue or green from an increase in algae. Toxic cyanobacteria are an increasing global threat – but why?  Toxins released by the blooms can result in ecological fallout, endangering the health and safety of the water, aquatic plants, and animals. In his presentation, Wilhelm will discuss their global proliferation in the current climate and the application of state-of-the-art tools of the molecular biologist, which help us climb out from under the answer “it’s complicated” to provide real-world solutions.

The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom presentation.

Register here for the Nov. 20 Science Forum Lecture.

Please note, we will not have live captions for the event, but will be recording it. The recording, with captions, will be available on our YouTube channel and posted on our website.