Algae with anti-viral properties found in Padma Theertha pond  – UKMALAYALEE

Algae with anti-viral properties found in Padma Theertha pond 

Tuesday 24 September 2019 5:02 AM UTC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Sept 24: It has been found that algae growth in the Sree Padmanabha Temple pond is special and has medicinal qualities.

The blue-green algae of the species Spirulina Platensis found here has high protein content. It is used to treat brain-related ailments. Carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and carotene is also present in this.

Spirulina’s presence in medicines against viral disease has been found to be especially effective.

The species were identified in research conducted in the International Research Centre in Kuttanad.

As it is growing in a pond, algae will be difficult to remove via chemical process. Instead, attempts will be made to control it biologically.

Scientists say that the growth of algae at Padma Theertha pond of about 3.5 acres is an abnormal phenomenon.

It is also beneficial commercially if algae can be taken without micro-organisms.

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