Parasitic fungi keep harmful blue-green algae in check

When a lake is covered with green scums during a warm summer, cyanobacteria – often called blue-green algae – are usually involved. Mass development of such cyanobacteria is bad for water quality because they can deprive the water of oxygen and produce toxins. But cyanobacteria can become sick, when for instance infected by fungal parasites. Researchers from the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) found out that these infections do not only kill cyanobacteria, they also make them easier to consume for their natural predators. Fungal parasites thus help to slow down the growth of blue-green algae.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft