Toxic blue-green algae: The "problem" in perspective

Reynolds, Colin S. (1991) Toxic blue-green algae: The "problem" in perspective. Freshwater Forum, 1(1), pp. 29-38.

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The incidence of blue-green algal blooms and surface scum-formation are certainly not new phenomena. Many British and European authors have been faithfully describing the unmistakable symptoms of blue-green algal scums for over 800 years. There is no disputing that blue-green algal toxins are extremely harmful. Three quite separate categories of compound have been separated: neurotoxins; hepatotoxins and lipopolysaccharides. There is a popular association between blue-green algae and eutrophication. Certainly the main nuisance species - of Microcystis, Anabaena and Aphanizomenon are rare in oligotrophic lakes and reservoirs. Several approaches have been proposed for the control of blue-green algae. Distinction is made between methods for discharging algae already present (eg algicides; straw bales; viruses; parasitic fungi and herbivorous ciliates), and methods for averting an anticipated abundance in the future (phosphorous control, artificial circulation etc).

Item Type: Article
Title: Toxic blue-green algae: The "problem" in perspective
Personal Creator/Author:
Reynolds, Colin S.
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 29-38
Date: 1991
ISSN: 0961-4664
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Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: algal blooms; biological control; chemical control; noxious organisms
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4517
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 09:10
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:18
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