WI-DNR Lakes-L Blog Question

Lakes-L: Determination of toxins from cyanobacteria blooms by lake volunteers?

Hi all,

I wonder whether anybody has experience with monitoring for bluegreen toxins by lake association members and other volunteers. If so, what method do you use and how expensive and reliable is the analysis.

Such monitoring could be used in a situation like this:

People live on a lake, see algal scum and take samples right away. If positive, they can follow up a protocol (get the government involved for a proper test, etc.).

Thanks, Gertrud —

Gertrud Nurnberg, Ph.D.; Freshwater Research

3421 HWY #117, RR 1

Baysville, Ontario, P0B 1A0

Canada

Phone: (705) 767-3718 or (416) 214-6436

http://www.fwr.on.ca

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3 Responses to WI-DNR Lakes-L Blog Question

  1. Abraxis manufactures strip kits that do not require lab equipment. You get a result for certain thresholds of Microcystin.
    http://abraxiskits.com/product_algal.htm
    I haven’t had a chance to use them, but I will be testing some out this summer.

  2. James Vennie says:

    Gertrud asked for her E-Mail address on this post.
    Gertrud Nurnberg [gkn@fwr.on.ca]

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