Microcystin Molecular Model, illustration

Microcystin Molecular Model, illustration

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Credit: Carol and Mike Werner/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Molecular model of microcystin. Microcystin is a toxin produced by microcystis, a blue-green algae which thrives on phosphorus contamination from leaking septic systems, sewer drainage and runoff from fertilized lawns, farms and cattle feedlots. Contamination from algal blooms in Lake Erie caused a two-day ban on the use of drinking water in Toledo, Ohio, in August, 2014. Black=carbon, white=hydrogen, red=oxygen, blue=nitrogen.

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Keywords: algae, artwork, ball and stick, bloom, blue-green algae, cyanogenesis, illustration, microcystin, microcystis, molecular model, molecule, toxic, toxin

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