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Rapid assessment test strip data for determining cyanotoxin presence in algal blooms, Kabetogama Lake, northern Minnesota, 2017-2018

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2017-06-27
End Date
2018-10-02

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Olds, H.T., LeDuc, J.F., and Christensen, V.G., 2019, Rapid assessment test strip data for determining cyanotoxin presence in algal blooms, Kabetogama Lake, northern Minnesota, 2017-2018: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9N10OX1.

Summary

Algal toxins are a growing concern worldwide. Rapid assessment test strips are a newer technology and their accuracy in detecting toxins in different lakes with different phytoplankton and toxins present is unknown. This data release is supported by our testing of toxin test strips. This research took place in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. The research will indicate whether these test strips are accurate for this system, and hopefully lay the foundation for a cost-effective harmful algal blooms (HABs) monitoring and communication tool for Voyageurs National Park and other parks. The utility of the test strips in this system may lead to broader applications, for instance in other inland systems like the nearby Lake [...]

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Purpose

The purpose for the collection of this data was to answer the question, how accurately can algal strips identify toxins in algal blooms? Numerous methods exist to detect the cyanobacterial content of algal blooms. These include visual identification, algal taxonomy, genomics, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, liquid-chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry, solid phase microextraction/gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, optical phycocyanin sensors, and rapid-assessment test strips. Rapid-assessment test strips offer a low cost, easily taught method of determining if an algal bloom is harmful.

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  • Upper Midwest Water Science Center

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DOI https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier doi:10.5066/P9N10OX1

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