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Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters: a multi-interdisciplinary approach

Tyler, Andrew N.; Hunter, Peter D.; Carvalho, Laurence; Codd, Geoffrey A.; Elliott, Alex; Ferguson, Claire A.; Hanley, Nick D.; Hopkins, David W.; Maberly, Stephen C.; Mearns, Kathryn J.; Scott, E. Marion. 2009 Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters: a multi-interdisciplinary approach. Environmental Health, 8 (Supplement 1), S11. 8, pp. 10.1186/1476-069X-8-S1-S11

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Abstract/Summary

Mass populations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria commonly develop in fresh-, brackish- and marine waters and effective strategies for monitoring and managing cyanobacterial health risks are required to safeguard animal and human health. A multi-interdisciplinary study, including two UK freshwaters with a history of toxic cyanobacterial blooms, was undertaken to explore different approaches for the identification, monitoring and management of potentially-toxic cyanobacteria and their associated risks. The results demonstrate that (i) cyanobacterial bloom occurrence can be predicted at a local- and national-scale using process-based and statistical models; (ii) cyanobacterial concentration and distribution in waterbodies can be monitored using remote sensing, but minimum detection limits need to be evaluated; (iii) cyanotoxins may be transferred to spray-irrigated root crops; and (iv) attitudes and perceptions towards risks influence the public's preferences and willingness-to-pay for cyanobacterial health risk reductions in recreational waters.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1186/1476-069X-8-S1-S11
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Water > WA Topic 3 - Science for Water Management > WA - 3.4 - Develop novel and improved methods to enable the sustainable management of freshwaters and wetlands
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment > BD - 2.2 - Quantify the impact of invasive species, pathogens ...
CEH Sections: Parr
Watt
ISSN: 1476-069X
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Environmental Health is an Open Access Journal. The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/8/S1/S11
Additional Keywords: cyanobacteria algal blooms
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Health
Date made live: 28 Jan 2010 12:18
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9030

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