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Spirogyra in Lake Baikal: Environmental Emergency. First-Hand Information

... thousands of wrecked gastropod shells. The unique Baikal sponges, water-filtering animals, fall ill and die. This happened before, but now the epidemic has spread to all three basins of the lake. It turned out that the sponges are suppressed by the cyanobacteria of genus Formidium , which presumably infect attenuated organisms. Scientists have found that the intensive growth of algae in the lake is mainly due to permanent effluent of inadequately treated sewage and domestic wastewater, rich in ...

Modified: 04.09.2014
ecology , Baikal , disaster , limnology , seaweed , cyanobacteria , Spirogyra , sponges , molluscs , water quality , phosphorus
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Blue-Green Threat

Once these organisms played a key role in the evolution of the biosphere. They became the inventors of the most effective means of photosynthesis proceeding with oxygen evolution. As a result, cyanobacteria have not only created a modern type biosphere but supported it until the present day by producing organic substance from carbon dioxide and water accompanied by oxygen evolution. However, today these native inhabitants of the earth attract ...

Modified: 15.12.2011
cyanobacteria , green scum (green water) , gepatotoxins , neurotoxins , microcystin , saxitoxin
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