COSEE Ocean Systems: News
New Research Aims to Unravel How Phosphorus Pollution Drives Toxic Blooms of Blue-Green Algae in the Great Lakes
Description: This research will focus on the species Microcystis which causes algal blooms in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Microcystis sometimes produces toxins that can cause human health problems. Nutrient pollution, especially phosphorus, can cause these blooms. Phosphorus can be present in several different forms. Researchers will test whether specific forms of phosphorus cause Microcystis to grow and whether controlling those forms might reduce blooms or their toxicity. [Source: NOAA News]
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Source: NOAA News
Publish Date: 8/3/2010
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