Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 11 de jun. de 2019 - 304 páginas
“No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this under-appreciated group its due.”Elizabeth Kolbert

Say “algae” and most people think of pond scum. What they don’t know is that without algae, none of us would exist.

There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multi-billion dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo and so much more.
In Slime we’ll meet the algae innovators working toward a sustainable future: from seaweed farmers in South Korea, to scientists using it to clean the dead zones in our waterways, to the entrepreneurs fighting to bring algae fuel and plastics to market.
With a multitude of lively, surprising science and history, Ruth Kassinger takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes, and into-the-kitchen tour. Whether you thought algae was just the gunk in your fish tank or you eat seaweed with your oatmeal, Slime will delight and amaze with its stories of the good, the bad, and the up-and-coming.

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Comentário do usuário  - DavidWineberg - LibraryThing

“Algae are powerful enough on their own to change life on the planet. Billions of years ago they oxygenated the oceans and the air, then sent the planet into a deep freeze. They killed or banished the ... Ler resenha completa

Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us

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Gardening and botany writer Kassinger (A Garden of Marvels) mingles ecology and 3.7 billion years of Earth’s history to explain the importance and ubiquity of algae, from the cyanobacteria, which ... Ler resenha completa


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RUTH KASSINGER is the author of Paradise Under Glass and A Garden of Marvels. She has written for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Health, National Geographic Explorer, and other publications.

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