Latest Microcystin Stories
According to a new study, nutrient enrichment and rising global temperatures are increasing the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes, ponds and estuaries
Nutrient pollution, one of the greatest threats to our freshwater resources, is responsible for the algal blooms that blanket our lakes and waterways in summer months.
Cyanobacteria are among the most primitive living beings, aged over 3,500 million years old.
Scientists have designed a screening tool that provides a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to predict levels of a specific toxin in lakes that are prone to blue-green algal blooms.
Scientists are reporting for the first time that previously unrecognized substances released by algae blooms have the potential to act as endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the normal activity of reproductive hormones.
New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that a new strain of tobacco plant can make antibodies to toxic pond scum that affects humans, livestock and wildlife.
A strip of paper infused with carbon nanotubes can quickly and inexpensively detect a toxin produced by algae in drinking water.
Scottish scientists say they have discovered several bacterial strains that are capable of neutralizing toxins produced by blue-green algae. Researchers at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, said blooms of blue green algae (cyanobacteria), found in both fresh and salt water, produce toxins called microcystins that are released into the water and are easily ingested by animals and humans.
By The Associated Press DES MOINES (AP) - Critics are complaining that state environmental officials have done little about an outbreak of toxic algae that threatened the safety of drinking water in Iowa's largest city and posed a risk to swimmers at a west-central Iowa lake.They said the blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, was found at Black Hawk Lake near Lake View, and that levels recorded just after Labor Day were seven times more than an internationally recognized benchmark for safe...