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2013

Biology

Western University

Alberta

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Cyanobacteria Predominance In Alberta's Eutrophic Lakes Linked To Iron Scavenging Strategy That Uses Siderophores And Toxins, Xue L. Du Aug 2013

Cyanobacteria Predominance In Alberta's Eutrophic Lakes Linked To Iron Scavenging Strategy That Uses Siderophores And Toxins, Xue L. Du

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The role of the micronutrient iron in the regulation of cyanobacteria dominance and cyanotoxicity is poorly understood. Iron is required for important metabolic pathways, including both phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) assimilation, and low levels of this element may influence the assimilation of the macronutrients. The hypothesis tested was that cyanobacteria produce and utilize siderophores and toxins in low iron conditions to scavenge iron, when P and N are not limiting algal growth, providing some cyanobacteria with a competitive advantage over other algal species. Among the naturally eutrophic lakes studied, cyanobacteria were dominant at low iron (>pFe19) concentrations (Spearman r ...