Edited By: GA Codd, TM Jefferies, CW Keevil and E Potter
192 pages, Figs
Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, commonly occur in a variety of water types throughout the world. A variable but high proportion of the cyanobacterial blooms and scums, which can develop annually in lakes, reservoirs, canals and slow-flowing rivers, contain potent toxins. Although animal poisonings and human health problems associated with the ingestion of, or contact with, cyanobacterial scums have long been recognized, a developing understanding of the health hazards posed by the toxins requires that reliable, sensitive, specific and convenient methods are available for their detection and quantification. This volume examines the application of biological, toxicological, biochemical and physicochemical techniques in studies of cyanobacterial toxins. It outlines experiments that have identified at least 50 cyanobacterial compounds toxic to vertebrates.
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