Solutions for managing cyanobacterial blooms: A scientific summary for policy makers.
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Algae grow wherever there is water; in oceans, freshwater lakes, rivers, streams and pools. They underpin aquatic food webs, providing nutrition for animals in the system, and along with microbes, are responsible for cycling energy and nutrients throughout the environment. Problems arise when algae bloom, which is often the result of excess nutrients. These nutrients may come from a range of sources, including rainfall and associated runoff from fertilizer application and land erosion, as well as discharge from sewage and other high-nutrient sources. One of the key groups of algae that can bloom in freshwaters, marine and brackish waters is cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae). Cyanobacteria are technically not algae, as they are a more ancient lifeform, but they share characteristics in common with algae, including needing sunlight for photosynthesis. They are particularly prolific in calm waterbodies, such as lakes, ponds, weirs and reservoirs, or slow .....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
CitationBurford, M.A. et al. (2019) Solutions for managing cyanobacterial blooms: a scientific summary for policy makers. Paris, France, IOC/UNESCO, 16pp. (IOC/INF-1382). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1718