Tomo Kurobe Research Website

Cyanobacteria Monitoring

Harmful cyanobacterial blooms are a serious concern globally, often associated with odorous metabolites and toxins in aquaculture facilities and in the environment. Odorous metabolites produced by cyanobacteria account for malodorous and unpalatable drinking water. Various types of toxins, such as microcystins, anatoxin-a, antillatoxin a, saxitoxins and others are also produced from several cyanobacterial species. These toxins may potentially kill aquatic organisms in cyanobacterial bloom impacted water bodies, and harm domestic animals and humans by consumption of contaminated water. To protect aquatic organisms from cyanobacterial toxins, we monitor abundance of potential toxin producing cyanobacterial in San Francisco Estuary using quantitate PCR assays.

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Suppliers for phytoplankton cultures

List of supplies for the ongoing survey with DWR