Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 86, Issue 2, pp 232–237

Observation of Sward Destruction Caused by Irrigation with Toxic Microcystis Morphospecies Containing Water in Southern Hungary


DOI: 10.1007/s00128-010-0182-y

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Bácsi, I., Surányi, G., Gonda, S. et al. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol (2011) 86: 232. doi:10.1007/s00128-010-0182-y


In the summer of 2006 bloom-like phenomenon occurred in a garden pond in Szeged, Southern Hungary. After regular watering of a sward with pond water containing the algal mass, destruction of garden grass occurred. Microcystis aeruginosa, Microcystis viridis, Microcystis ichthyoblabe, and Microcystis wesenbergii were identified by light microscopy in the water sample; microcystin-FR, -LR, -RR and -YR were determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization—time-of-flight analysis. There was an 80% decrease in the green mass (87% in chlorophyll-content) of the grass in a 1 m2 area of the garden irrigated with pond water.


MicrocystisIrrigationGrass destructionMicrocystins

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Department of HidrobiologyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  2. 2.Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Department of BotanyUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  3. 3.Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Department of BiochemistryUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary