Jan 30, 2016 10:44 AM
UNH researchers find way to watch lakes for airborne toxins
The Associated Press
DURHAM — University of New Hampshire researchers have invented a low-cost method to monitor lakes for airborne toxins linked to liver problems.
Jim Haney, professor of biological sciences who directs the UNH Center for Freshwater Biology, and Amanda Murby, a doctoral student, have developed a portable system for collecting lake particles produced by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae blooms.
Exposure to a lot of toxins produced by the algae blooms can cause liver damage. Smaller amounts can cause breathing problems, skin irritation, upset stomach, and other gastrointestinal problems.
The researchers have developed a system that can be used in the laboratory to measure the toxins from freshly collected water samples.