Kirsten Müller
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  • World expert on Bangiales – types of red algae
  • Red algae of economic importance - they contain compounds (agar, carrageenan, etc.) that are used extensively as thickeners in products such as yogurt, ice cream and toothpaste
  • Red algae as food sources - genera such as Porphyra (aka. Nori, laverbread) and Palmaria (a.k.a. Dulse) are important food sources and are global billion-dollar aquaculture industries
  • Red algae as a critical group in the evolution of photosynthetic life on earth through secondary endosymbiosis of chloroplasts
  • Red algae as a nuisance - (e.g. Cladophora and Chara in Laurentian Great Lakes), invasive species (e.g. Bangia atropupurea in the Great Lakes)
  • Cyanobacteria that release toxins and taste and odour compounds in drinking water (Lake Ontario)
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes