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Algae: What properties are exploited?

Indigestibility: Many kelps are largely indigestible. Inert material for delivery of medicinals. Inertness: Diatom fossils used embalming compounds, enamel polishes. Diatomaceous bricks ordered by Emperor Justinian to build the dome of the church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul in AD 532. Reduces glossiness in paint. Adsorption: Diatom fossils (Bacillariophyceae Limestone – diatomaceous earth) used to …

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People’s use of algae

What are algae? Algae are a photosynthetically diverse group of organisms, including the cyanobacteria (previously called blue-green algae), ranging in size from bacteria (0.2-2 microns) to giant kelps (tens [40]of metres). They are nearly all aquatic. They are classified in two Kingdoms. Red and green algae are included in the Kingdom Plantae, the Brown algae …

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