Water Quality Monitoring by Thamnotoxkit FTM including Cyanobacterial Blooms
The Thamnotoxkit FTM was evaluated for detecting cyanobacterial toxins as they may be hazardous to human health if they reach drinking water networks or if people are exposed through recreational activity.
This test kit is a 24-hour biosassay using larvae of the freshwater anostracan crustaceanThamnocephalus platyurus hatched from cysts. Nine freeze-driedMicrocystis aeruginosa samples from freshwaters of Hungary, Germany and Brazil were tested with the Thamnotox test, rat hepatocyte test, mouse test and analysed for microcystins by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). It can be concluded that the Thamnotox test is an alternative simple, cost-effective method that may replace the mouse bioassay used previously for determination of cyanobacterial toxicity.