The increasing eutrophication of aquatic ecosystems encourages the development of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae. Under certain conditions they can rapidly proliferate and form blooms. Visible to the naked eye blooms are usually green or blue-green.
Some species of cyanobacteria produce toxins that can attack the liver, nervous system or irritate the skin.
The following analyses can be used to screen for cyanobacteria: