Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms: State of the Science and Research Needs

Volume 619 of the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology pp 153-165

Cyanobacterial Toxins in New York and the Lower Great Lakes Ecosystems

  • Gregory L BoyerAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Toxic cyanobacterial blooms are an increasing problem in the lower Laurentian Great Lakes. To better understand their occurrence and distribution, samples for particulate toxin analysis were collected from more than 140 New York Lakes including Lakes Erie, Champlain and Ontario. Microcystins were of most importance and were detected in nearly 50% of the samples. Anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin and the paralytic shellfish toxins occurred much less frequently (0-4%). The implications for the management of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms are discussed.