Interested by research currently being carried out in Glasglow, Scotland, my group decided to learn about the functional uses Cyanobacteria are being used in.

Our central question was, "Is it possible to utilize Cyanobacteria to make a large-scale beneficial impact on mankind’s food crop production and water purification?"

We compared original research studies using Anabaena torulosa for soil desalination and Nostoc spp. for removing heavy metals from wastewater. The Glasglow study is attempting to make desalination plants using bacteria instead of the conventional filters/fossil fuel method. Not only could drinkable water be possible, but it also provides biofuels as a useful waste product.

Group members: Jason Wessels, Dakotah Kidd, Ammy Bhathal, Sarah Verlinde, and Keiana Hadjireza