Ira Levine Interviewed by NBC News Center Maine

Dog owners beware: Dangerous blue-green algae possible in Maine waters The toxic algae is to blame for several dog's deaths across the country in the last couple of weeks. You may have seen some of the stories, toxic blue-green algae blamed for killing pets all over the country. The dangerous sludge can be found pretty much anywhere, including Maine. Ira Levine is a professor at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston campus and the President of the Algae Foundation. He and his students spend hours every year studying the thousands of different types of algae, including blue-green — or cyanobacteria.

Acres of saltwater pools in the desert are growing an algae food revolution

High in protein and low in carbon footprint, algae is a breakthrough for feeding the world in a changing climate “Algae? But... isn’t that gross?” That’s what Rebecca White commonly hears from surprised people at her booth at trade shows, after the unsuspecting visitors find out the snack bar they just ate, and actually really liked, contains algae. White is a research scientist at iWi, a nutrition company that runs one of the largest algae farms. She isn’t offering snacks filled with algae just to show people that the mossy greens can be added to food without making it taste or smell like pond water. The real mission is to discuss algae’s potential as a solution for a much bigger problem: the food security of our planet.