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Cochlodinium: a beautiful, harmful and useful alga

 
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Franz Neidl



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:14 am    Post subject: Cochlodinium: a beautiful, harmful and useful alga Reply with quote

Today I found Cochlodinium polykrikoides - a marine dinoflagellate. It travels generally as a chain (2, 4 or 8 individuals). Every alga is about 30-40 ┬Ám long.

It is beautiful because it has a very vivid jellow color.
It is harmful because it causes sometimes fish kills and it is very poisonous.
To my surprise it is also very useful, because it develops an antiviral activity wich is used in the treatment of HIV (see Google).

Franz

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Mitch640



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice image and of course, you have to wonder who anyone thought to test it's properties for medicine. Smile
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