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Laboratory studies of dissolved radiolabelled microcystin-LR in lake water

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The fate of dissolved microcystin-LR was studied in laboratory experiments using surface water taken from a eutrophic lake. Based on initial range finding, a concentration of 50 microg l(-1) dissolved 14C-microcystin-LR was selected for subsequent time-course experiments. The first was performed in May before the cyanobacterial bloom season and low increases in the radioactivity of particulate fractions occurred with an approx. halving of the cyano-toxin during 4 days. The radioactivity of the dissolved fraction remained stable and there was no significant formation of radiolabelled inorganic carbon. A second time-course experiment was performed in September during the cyanobacterial bloom season. At the end of the four-day incubation period, the microcystin-LR concentration had decreased to an undetectable level and 24% of the added radiolabelled substance was found in different particulate fractions. The study demonstrated that biodegradation of dissolved microcystin-LR occurred in water collected at a lake surface with carbon dioxide as a major end-product.
TidsskriftWater Research
Udgave nummer14
Sider (fra-til)3299-306
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 1 aug. 2003

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