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Title: Development of a field test kit for blue-green algal toxins 1992 (348/7/A) : R and D draft final report
Author: D. Baron
Document Type: Monograph
This report gathers the interims report made by the NRA called "Development of a field test kit for blue-green algal toxins 1994" from report 348/1/A to 348/5/A. Blue-green algal (cyanobacterial) toxins have been demonstrated as being biologically active in a number of species, but their toxicity in humans is undefined and warrants more thorough investigation. Microcystin-LR is the major hepatotoxin produced by blue-green algae. It has a cyclic structure composed of seven amino acids, with a molecular weight of approximately 1000Da. Other structural variants exist that differ by two amino acids. Biocode Limited is in the process of developing on-site testing kits using monoclonal antibodies. These kits are to enable the easy, specific and rapid extraction and identification of microcystin-LR and some structurally related analogues. This work requires the development of novel monoclonal antibodies.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: Field experimentationAlgal bloomsIdentificationResearch projects
Taxonomic Keywords: Cyanobacteria
Extent: n.p. [97]
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