Toxic cyanobacteria detection in fresh water reservoir
Cyanobacteria constitute a diverse group of bacteria existing almost everywhere on the globe. They are important players in global nutrient cycles and have wide-ranging biotechnological and medical applications. Nevertheless, some cyanobacteria produce toxins. Blooms (large aggregates accumulated on or near water surfaces) of toxic cyanobacteria, especially those developing in water bodies used for drinking purposes, concern environmentalists and policy makers worldwide due to their environmental, economical, and public health implications. In Spain, cyanobacteria grow in major Spanish rivers and reservoirs. Blooms develop at least once a year in some of these reservoirs and include species that produce a potent liver toxin - Microcystins. At IMDEA-Agua, we are experts on cyanobacteria physiology and toxin production in fresh water reservoirs and we are developing cutting-edge tools to monitor toxic cyanobacteria blooms.