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Event: Blooms Like It Hot - how global climate change could impact your drinking water

Thursday, 09 December 2010

Blooms Like It Hot - how global climate change could impact your drinking water

Professor Dr Greg Boyer visits CIT Cork School of Music on Thursday, 9th December to present a talk entitled 'Blooms Like It Hot'. Professor Boyer, who is on an eight-month period of Marine Biotoxin research in CIT's Chemistry Department, is an accomplished researcher and holder of a prestigious Science Foundation Ireland Walton Fellowship. From New York's Lake Champlain to Lake Taihu in China, he has travelled the globe researching, monitoring and analysing algae blooms.

“I have been working in the lab developing new methods for the  detection of algal toxins that can be found in drinking water. This includes looking at lakes and water supplies in Ireland, as well as drinking sources in China and Guatemala. CIT has an  excellent collection of world-class equipment and I have been using these instruments to analyze for two specific groups of toxins, one  associated with Alzheimers and the other, a potent liver toxin. We are also looking at the transfer of this toxin to the food web through  fish. We hope this work will result in unified methods that can be used in both the US and Europe,” says Prof. Boyer.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is at 8pm in the Stack Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay.
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