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Cyanobacterial Toxins of Drinking Water Supplies

By: IR Falconer

256 pages, Col & b/w illus

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #151813 | ISBN: 0415318793
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The contamination of both drinking and recreational water supplies by cyanobacteria is increasingly a cause for concern worldwide. While contamination causes livestock deaths with relative frequency, acute poisoning is rare in humans. However, there is growing apprehension over the possible role of cylindrospermopsins and microcystins in gastrointestinal and liver cancer. Cyanobacterial Toxins of Drinking Water Supplies provides an articulate account of the biology, chemistry, toxicology, and human health implications of cylindrospermopsins and microcystins, and their occurrence in water supplies. It discusses effective methods of prevention, mitigation, and remediation of cyanobacterial blooms in reservoirs. The book presents novel and traditional approaches to water treatment for the elimination of these toxins. Written by a renowned expert who plays an instrumental role in revising the World Health Organization's drinking water guidelines for cyanotoxins, the book uses the field's most relevant findings and current examples to support a practical approach for assessing the potential risks and costs from toxic cyanobacterial blooms in water supplies. Cyanobacterial Toxins of Drinking Water Supplies provides a lucid analysis of present and emerging issues in the ecology, safety, and treatment of drinking water for in environmental agencies, researchers, and policymakers. It is an authoritative resource for professionals in drinking and recreational water management, water supply utilities, analytical laboratories, and public health offices.


Introduction. Toxic cyanobacteria and their identification. Toxin chemistry and biosynthesis. Cyanobacterial ecology. Cyanobacterial poisoning of livestock and mankind. Cylindrospermopsin toxicity. Microcystin toxicity. Risk and safety from drinkingwater. Monitoring of reservoirs for toxic cyanobacteria and analysis of nutrients in water. Detection and analysis of cylindrospermopsins and microcystins. Prevention, mitigation and remediation of cyanobacterial blooms in reservoirs. Water treatment.Emerging issues. Index.

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