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A report of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii and other cyanobacteria in the water reservoirs of power plants in Ukraine

Authors
  • Rzymski, Piotr1
  • Horyn, Oksana2
  • Budzyńska, Agnieszka3
  • Jurczak, Tomasz4
  • Kokociński, Mikołaj5
  • Niedzielski, Przemysław6
  • Klimaszyk, Piotr3
  • Falfushynska, Halina2
  • 1 Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Department of Environmental Medicine, Poznań, Poland , Poznań (Poland)
  • 2 Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Research Laboratory of Comparative Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ternopil, Ukraine , Ternopil (Ukraine)
  • 3 Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Water Protection, Poznań, Poland , Poznań (Poland)
  • 4 University of Łódź, Department of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, Łódź, Poland , Łódź (Poland)
  • 5 Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Hydrobiology, Poznań, Poland , Poznań (Poland)
  • 6 Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Poznań, Poland , Poznań (Poland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 21, 2018
Volume
25
Issue
15
Pages
15245–15252
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-2010-6
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The occurrence of cyanobacteria in freshwaters attracts much attention due to its associated health threats and ecological implications. Yet data on the composition of cyanobacteria taxa and toxigenicity in some regions is still scarce. Here, we explored the occurrence of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in three locations in Ukraine (reservoir for Kasperivtsi Hydrothermal Power Plant and outflowing River Seret, and cooling pond of Khmelnytsky Atomic Power Plant) in summer 2017. Cyanobacteria were a dominant fraction at all stations. A number of potent-toxin producers were identified including Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, Aphanizomenon gracile, Dolichospermum flos-aquae, and Planktothrix agardhii. Screening for the presence of dissolved and particulate content of microcystins (-LR, -YR, and -RR), cylindrospermopsin, and anatoxin-a yielded negative results. The studied waters displayed no toxicity in human platelets in vitro. Further toxicological and ecological studies are necessary to evaluate the potential presence of cyanotoxin producers in Ukraine.

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