Microcystins and anatoxin-a in Arctic biocrust cyanobacterial communities.

  title={Microcystins and anatoxin-a in Arctic biocrust cyanobacterial communities.},
  author={Ewelina Chrapusta and Michał Węgrzyn and Kornelia Zabaglo and Ariel Kaminski and Michal Adamski and Paulina Wietrzyk and Jan Bialczyk},
  journal={Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology},
In the polar regions cyanobacteria are an important element of plant communities and represent the dominant group of primary producers. They commonly form thick highly diverse biological soil crusts that provide microhabitats for other organisms. Cyanobacteria are also producers of toxic secondary metabolites. In the present study we demonstrated that biocrust-forming cyanobacteria inhabiting the Kaffiøyra Plain, the north-west coast of Spitsbergen, are able to synthesize toxins, especially… CONTINUE READING

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