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Monitoring indicators of harmful cyanobacteria in Texas

April 17, 2008

Harmful algal blooms can occur when certain types of microscopic algae grow quickly in water, forming visible patches that might harm the health of the environment, plants, or animals. In freshwater, species of Cyanobacteria (also known as bluegreen algae) are the dominant group of harmful, bloom-forming algae. When Cyanobacteria form a harmful algal bloom, potential impairments include restricted recreational activities because of algal scums or algal mats, potential loss of public water supply because of taste and odor compounds (for example, geosmin), and the production of toxins (for example, microcystin) in amounts capable of threatening human health and wildlife.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Monitoring indicators of harmful cyanobacteria in Texas
DOI 10.3133/fs20083009
Authors Richard L. Kiesling, Robin H. Gary, Marcus O. Gary
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2008-3009
Index ID fs20083009
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Texas Water Science Center