Researchers Uncover Sediment Interactions That Filter Toxins in Freshwater

Summer is the perfect season. Who can forget those long hours of sunshine or tiring laps in Taughannock falls? However, that last experience is not guaranteed, especially if the water has plenty of toxin-producing algae in it. Thankfully, Prof. Ludmilla Aristilde’s, biological and environmental engineering, research could help us understand how to neutralize them. Aristilde, along with Amy L. Pochodylo grad and Thalia G. Aoki ’15, published a paper in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science in August that sheds light on the behavior of microcystin, a toxin produced by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae.