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Some Background on cyanoScope

Cyanobacteria are important members of the phytoplankton assemblages in lakes. In most situations these photosynthetic bacteria pose little risk to human health or the environmental integrity of lakes. However, when nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations are elevated and water temperatures warm, cyanobacteria can rapidly form dense and sometimes extensive blooms. Many species of cyanobacteria produce toxins that can cause symptoms in humans and other animals ranging from mild skin irritations and gastritis to debilitating illnesses and death. Given the current escalation in waterbody eutrophication and increases in temperatures due to global climate change, the frequency of cyanobacteria blooms is increasing. The public is beginning to become aware of these blooms through media accounts of lake closures, toxin exposures, and threats to drinking water intakes (e.g. cyanotoxins from Lake Erie in Toledo’s drinking water supply in 2014). In addition to health concerns, blooms also ...more ↓

Posted on February 04, 2016 07:22 PM by bkreakie bkreakie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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What is cyanoScope?
cyanoScope uses modern technologies and social media platforms to learn more about cyanobacteria.
By participating you will be helping scientists and water resource managers gain information on the occurrence and timing of cyanobacteria in lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.

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