The harmful algal blooms that appear in marine or fresh water release different types of toxins that pose a risk to human and animal health, in addition to having a great impact on the economy of fishing areas.
Microcystins, produced by cyanobacteria, appear in fresh waters and their consumption for long time can trigger fatal effects on human health and on ecosystem. So far, more than 80 microcystin variants have been described, which toxic potential is variable and is not directly related to the intake dose.
Having a fast and simple test for microcystins control offers multiple applications. At water treatment plants, supply network or in recreational waters, helping to prevent the presence of these toxins and avoid health problems. An early detection of microcystins in raw water will allow to apply suitable treatments and so to remove them during treatment process.
The Microcystest solution, which uses the biological target of microcystins, has a double advantage, specifically quantifies their levels in water, and determines the toxicity derived from any of the variants that may be in the sample.