Abstract


DO PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS STIMULATE CYANOBACTERIAL BLOOMS? (S)

The use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as herbicides, pesticides, pharmaceutical and personal care products (PCPPs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), has more than doubled since 1950. POPs find their way into aquatic ecosystems through agricultural and industrial runoff, wastewater treatment effluent discharge, and atmospheric deposition. Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs), which can produce toxins potent enough to cause human death, have been increasing in intensity, frequency, and spatial scale throughout the same time period as accelerated POP usage. Here, we provide a meta-analysis and suggest that POP stressors may be substantially aggravating nutrient-driven CyanoHABs by suppressing the growth of competing phytoplankton, and/or by indirectly or directly stimulating cyanobacterial growth.

Authors

Harris, T. D., University of Kansas, USA, t992h557@ku.edu

Smith, V. H., University of Kansas, USA, vsmith@ku.edu

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:SS04
Date: 06/07/2016
Time: 08:45
Location: Sweeney Ballroom B

Presentation is given by student: Yes