Web Date: June 9, 2011
Detecting Toxins from Freshwater Algae
Blooms of blue-green algae in freshwater lakes and reservoirs can produce toxic cyclic peptides called microcystins that sicken swimmers and people who drink the water. Researchers have now demonstrated a vibrational spectroscopy method that could eventually allow a quick test of whether these blooms are toxic. (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es200255y)
Environmental researchers have several techniques to screen for the toxins but none . . .
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