Microcystis Blooms. Causes, Problems, and Solutions By Bernie Coates. What is it?. Microcystis is a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) commonly found in nutrient rich freshwater. Its blooms are being found more frequently and its associated toxins are cause for worldwide concern. Causes.
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Causes, Problems, and Solutions
By Bernie Coates
Microcystis is a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) commonly found in nutrient rich freshwater. Its blooms are being found more frequently and its associated toxins are cause for worldwide concern.
Microcystis blooms are usually caused by eutrophication (nutrient enrichment) of the water body. Typically the limiting nutrient is phosphorous. Blooms can be encouraged by:
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