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Tsunami Debris Could Harbor Invasive Species, Experts Warn
2012-06-08 05:45:18

While the 70-foot-long dock that washed ashore at an Oregon beach earlier this week may not be radioactively harmful or contain chemical contaminants, scientists are warning that it is likely home to a different sort of threat. The dock, which was dislodged from a fishing port in northern Japan by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, floated across the Pacific Ocean and arrived at Agate Beach, a mile north of Newport, on Tuesday. On Thursday, scientists at the Oregon State University (OSU)...

2011-07-12 22:34:21

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have brought attention to the potential health impacts for Korean and Korean-American women and their infants from consuming brown seaweed soup. Seaweed is a known source of dietary iodine, particularly in Korea; however, there is no scientific data on the iodine content in Korean seaweed soup. Written as a Letter to the Editor for the journal Thyroid and published online, the authors discuss the adverse effects of consuming excess...

2010-08-05 10:00:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Health benefits from marine plants and other ocean life have been documented and promoted throughout the nutritional industry for years. Like most industries, trends emerge and botanicals or superfruits garnered huge market penetration for a few years, but now consumers are turning back to extensively studied natural products including marine bioactives, like Fucoidan and Fish Oil. A polysaccharide found in brown algae, Fucoidan has been studied...

2010-06-01 07:18:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The leading daily Fucoidan supplement, LIMU ORIGINAL(TM), is now available in a convenient two-ounce pouch as the LIMU ORIGINAL(TM) SHOT. LIMU, the recognized marketplace leader of Fucoidan-based products, launched the new packaging as a part of their brand transformation initiatives. The company has introduced several Fucoidan products into the marketplace, focusing on the marine bioactive's antioxidant, cardiovascular, energy and weight...

2010-05-04 20:00:00

HOBART, Australia, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a breakthrough that offers new hope for the containment of influenza outbreaks, an Australian biotechnology company has isolated a natural extract from seaweed which has been shown to inhibit the H1N1 virus. The extract - known as Maritech® 926 - is a fucoidan compound derived from the Undaria pinnatifida species of seaweed. In vitro tests performed under contract by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

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2009-07-11 07:40:00

All along the California coast, stretching from Los Angeles to San Francisco, a species of rapidly-growing sea kelp from Japan has begun taking over the coastline and spreading quicker than authorities can contain it. The aggressive seaweed, known to scientists as Undaria pinnatifida, was first detected in the area in May when a local biologist noticed the marine plant clinging to piers and boats in a San Francisco Bay yacht harbor. "I was walking in San Francisco Marina, and that's when I...

2009-07-09 18:03:46

Scientists in San Francisco said a team of divers has been recruited to rid marinas of an exotic form of fast-growing seaweed. The scientists said the kelp, Undaria pinnatifida, is native to Japan and China and was first discovered at the San Francisco Yacht Harbor and the South Beach Harbor in May, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. The species can grow an entire inch in a single day, said experts with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center satellite lab at San Francisco...