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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 505, Issue 1–3, pp 129–138 | Cite as

Microcystin occurrence in lakes in Åland, SW Finland

  • Tore Lindholm
  • Pia Vesterkvist
  • Lisa Spoof
  • Catharina Lundberg-Niinistö
  • Jussi Meriluoto
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Abstract

Samples from a total of 134 lakes, practically all freshwater lakes in Åland, SW Finland, were screened for microcystins, hepatotoxic peptides of cyanobacteria, using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TR-FIA), and protein phosphatase inhibition (PPIA) during two summers. Microcystins were recorded in 4 of 54 lakes in 1999 and 14 of 134 lakes in 2000, especially in eutrophic lakes but also in some dystrophic lakes and one oligotrophic. There was a satisfactory agreement between results obtained with different methods. The most likely microcystin-producers involved, as judged by microscopical examination, were Planktothrix agardhii, Microcystis aeruginosa, and Anabaena lemmermannii. One drinking-water reservoir and several lakes used for irrigation were microcystin-positive. Microcystins were also detected in late autumn samples from some eutrophic lakes.

microcystin toxin cyanobacteria lakes HPLC TR-FIA PPIA 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tore Lindholm
    • 1
  • Pia Vesterkvist
    • 2
  • Lisa Spoof
    • 2
  • Catharina Lundberg-Niinistö
    • 2
  • Jussi Meriluoto
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Husö Biological StationÅbo Akademi University, Akademigatan 1ÅboFinland
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and PharmacyÅbo Akademi University, BiocityÅboFinland

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