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Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water

A Guide to their Public Health Consequences, Monitoring and Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Ingrid Chorus, Jamie Bartram

CRC Press

440 pages

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Cyanobacteria and their toxins are an increasing global public health menace. Most recently, problems have been experienced in Australia, the United States and, due to drought and increasing water scarcity, pose a severe threat in the U.K. With an international range of contributors, all leading experts in their fields, Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water examines the increasing need to protect drinking water and water resources from the hazards of Cyanobacteria and their impact on health. Written and edited by a World Health Organization working group, Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water is an operational handbook in a practical, assessible style.

Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water will be invaluable to environmental health officers, professionals in the fields of water supply, public health, fresh water ecology and education, national and international organizations, special interest groups, post-graduate students and utilities responsible for managing drinking water supplies.


The book is packed with useful information and provides an excellent review of the present state of knowledge. The frequent use of text boxes to describe case histories makes it easy to read, and the many well-structured tables are very useful summaries that make it easy to find information quickly. Anyone involved in management of waters afflicted with cynanobacterial blooms will find this book invaluable. - American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

An extensive list of internationally renowned contributors, and reviewers, makes this an important text, and indeed "an invluable source of information" to all with an interest in cyanobacteria (undergraduate and postgraduate students, professionals in the fields of water management and supply, environmental and public health and education groups). It is also extremely well referenced and modestly priced. European Journal of Phycology, Vol. 36, 2001.

A precisely compiled and edited, practical synthesis of an emerging topic worldwide essential for everyone from the freshwater scientist to the manager of a small rural water supply. The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for setting an industry standard - SILnews

Table of Contents

Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Cyanobacteria in the Environment. Cyanobacterial Toxins. Human Health Aspects. Safe Levels and Safe Practices. Situation Assessment, Planning and Management. Implementation of Management Plans. Preventative Measures. Remedial Measures. Design of Monitoring Programmes. Fieldwork: Site Inspection and Sampling. Determination of Cyanobacteria in the Laboratory. Laboratory Analysis of Cyanotoxins. Index.

About the Editors

Ingrid Chorus is Head of Department of Drinking-Water and Swimming-Pool Hygiene at Umweltbundesamt, Berlin.

Jamie Bartram is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General