Everything you always wanted to know about cyanobacteria (but were afraid to ask)

A review on “Cyanobacterial Blooms” by top-experts in the field has recently been published in Nature Reviews Microbiology (June 2018). The review presents evidence indicating that cyanobacterial blooms are increasing in frequency, magnitude and duration globally. It discusses the traits involved in cyanobacteria dominance and bloom development, environmental drivers, production  and modes of action of cyanotoxins and strategies for bloom prevention and control. There is also a special section about historical observations of algal blooms.

The review has references to 188 published articles, with annotations to key publications. This is a must-read for both beginners and experienced scientists in the field.


Jef Huisman, Geoffrey A. Codd, Hans W. Paerl, Bas W. Ibelings, Jolanda M.H. Verspagen and Petra Visser (2018). Cyanobacterial Blooms. Nature Reviews Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41579-018-0040-1



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