FERTILIZERS are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in fresh water and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows that the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.
The findings suggest that cyanobacteria — sometimes known as pond scum or blue-green algae — that get a toe-hold in lakes with low to moderate nutrient levels can set up positive feedback l
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