About this Research Topic
In contrast, mesotrophic and eutrophic environments such as the Baltic Sea and lower Laurentian Great Lakes have been increasingly affected by nuisance and toxic cyanobacterial blooms that have yielded severe declines in water quality. Factors promoting bloom formation and the functional roles of toxins are important issues being addressed today. Potential affects of toxins (e.g. BMAA) on human health are of emerging interest.
This collection of papers is designed to highlight the ecological roles played by cyanobacteria, focusing primarily on their adaptations that allow their dominance and niche differentiation in diverse aquatic environments. These issues are particularly important as we face global environmental alterations that influence aquatic habitats through climate change, ocean acidification and nutrient inputs leading to anoxic dead zones. Manuscripts that incorporate such issues are particularly welcomed.
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