20 Jul Temperature-dependent toxin production of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa
In recent years, the occurrence of HABs – harmful algae blooms – in freshwater systems have become more frequent, as water temperatures are rising due to global warming. These blooms are formed by fast reproducing algae or cyanobacteria and can have serious consequences for aquatic organisms, as some bloom forming species produce toxins that inhibit the growth of other aquatic organisms. I asked myself if elevated temperatures would not only increase the growth rate but also lead to increased toxin production of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa.
Sophie Lynn Wiesmann