The role of microcystins in maintaining colonies of bloom-forming Microcystis spp.

@article{Gan2012TheRO,
  title={The role of microcystins in maintaining colonies of bloom-forming Microcystis spp.},
  author={Nanqin Gan and Yan Xiao and Lin Zhu and Zhongxing Wu and Jin Yue Liu and Chenlin Hu and Lirong Song},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={730-42}
}
Microcystis is a cosmopolitan genus of cyanobacteria and occurs in many different forms. Large surface blooms of the cyanobacterium are well known in eutrophic lakes throughout the globe. We evaluated the role of microcystins (MCs) in promoting and maintaining bloom-forming cell aggregates at environmentally relevant MC concentrations (0.25-10 µg l(-1)). MCs significantly enhanced Microcystis colony sizes. Colonial diameters in microcystin-RR (MC-RR)-treated cultures (at 1 µg l(-1)) were… CONTINUE READING