Posted by Cody Schuett, on Mon, April 28, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
As a young boy growing up in the early 90s I was like most kids, completely obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to think that all I needed to do was find some of that neon-green “toxic ooze”; you know the source of awesome mutation. Then I could train my own mutant animals in Ninjutsu, surfing, and the art of eating pizza. So naturally I would spend all my free time searching around neighborhood ponds, storm drains, and places like sump-pump reservoirs; anywhere I thought I could find its secret origin.
As you would expect I never found it…
20 years later I’m no longer consumed by giant fighting turtles, but I am still searching for that neon-green “toxic ooze”… in a way. Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can form large harmful algal blooms (HABs) and have become an increasing problem in water bodies throughout the world. These blooms can sometimes be toxic and have a dramatic impact on aquatic animals, as well as humans and pets. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins that damage liver cells, which can cause cancer in humans and death for dogs when ingested. So far there have been no reported cases of mutant turtle offspring back flipping to shore but who knows what will happen if the occurrence of toxic algal blooms continues to increase.
Why my search for the ooze continues…
HABs have become a pretty big deal; kind of like a “Super Shredder” big deal if you know what I mean. At Beagle Bioproducts we have applied our expertise for the development of products and services that can be used by people in the research and regulatory communities that deal with HABs. In order to supply these groups with high quality products and services, one thing we do is collect algal feedstock from HAB sites across the country, and then we derive some of our toxin products from that feedstock. With the use of our mobile platform (similar to the TMNT van) we are able to travel great distances quickly in order to harvest the algae. Then we return to Beagle HQ to turn that “toxic ooze” into high quality products…COWABUNGA!!!
If you are interested in learning more about how Beagle is involved with Harmful Algal Blooms, or if you want to tell us about a HAB where we might collect the green ooze, please visit our website at www.beaglebioproducts.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Stay totally tubular dudes and dudettes!