Monday, June 26, 2006

Algal Canal

The Telegraph is reporting that the Asian alga wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) has invaded the canals of Venice, where it is outgrowing native algae and leaving a nasty scum on the water. The wakame is thought to have been accidentally introduced from the hulls of ships traveling from France, where the seaweed is grown to be used in cosmetics.

Thanks to biosparite for sending in a link to this story.

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