The Latest Threat to New Hampshire's Lakes - Biotoxins


Program Description:

Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae are microscopic plankton that occur naturally in most New Hampshire lakes. Toxic forms can pose a threat to aquatic life in the lake as well as a to people who use the lake for drinking water or recreation. Researchers at the UNH Center for Freshwater Biology (CFB) have examined toxic cyanobacteria in over 100 New Hampshire lakes and ponds. Dr. Haney, Director of the UNH CFB, will discuss the status of biotoxins in the NH Lakes, the causes for the development of blooms of toxic cyanobacteria and precautions that can be taken to avoid exposure to these dangerous toxins. The talk will also report on an ongoing UNH CFB investigation on possible links between lake water quality and neurological disorders, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.


James Haney

James Haney, Ph.D., U. of Toronto, is a professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include the ecology and management of lakes and lake food webs and biotoxins.

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