The efficacy and mechanisms of fungal suppression of freshwater harmful algal bloom species

School of Life Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093, People's Republic of China.
Journal of hazardous materials (Impact Factor: 4.53). 11/2010; 183(1-3):176-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.07.009
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Microorganisms have attracted worldwide attention as possible agents for inhibiting water blooms. Algae are usually indirectly inhibited and degraded by secretion from microorganisms. In this study, algal cultures Microcystis aeruginosa (Ma) FACH-918, Microcystis flos-aquae (Mf) FACH-1028, Oocystis borgei (Ob) FACH-1108, and M. aeruginosa PCC 7806 were co-cultured with the fungus strain Trichaptum abietinum 1302BG. All algal cells were destroyed within 48 hours (h) of co-incubation. Scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope observation revealed that the fungal strain had preying ability on the algal cells. The mechanism may be that the algal cells were encased with a mucous membrane secreted by the fungal mycelia, and finally degraded by the fungus directly.

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    • "Other moieties such as clays are used to promote flocculation and settling of algal particles to the sediment. Everything from microbial biosurfactants called sophorolipids (Sun et al., 2004; Lee et al., 2008) to algicidal bacteria (Imai et al., 1998; Doucette et al., 1999; Gumbo et al., 2008; Kang et al., 2008; Roth et al., 2008; Kim et al., 2009) and fungi (Jia et al., 2010) can be effective, at least in laboratory settings. The most extensively studied biocontrols target the PSP-producing Alexandrium spp. "
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    ABSTRACT: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are extreme biological events with the potential for extensive negative impacts to fisheries, coastal ecosystems, public health, and coastal economies. In this chapter, we link issues concerning the key drivers of HABs with the various approaches for minimizing their negative impacts, emphasizing the use of numerical modeling techniques to bridge the gap between observations and predictive understanding. We review (1) recent studies on the environmental pressures that promote HABs; (2) prominent strategies for preventing or controlling blooms; (3) modeling methods, specifically addressing harmful algal species dynamics, and their use as a predictive tool to facilitate mitigation; and then (4) highlight several coastal regions where the mitigation of HABs is generally approached from a regional Earth system and observation framework. Lastly, we summarize future directions for “living with” HABs in an era of limited financial resources for ocean observing.
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    • "Plants (Yan et al., 2012), protozoa (Tillmann, 2004), microalgae (Yamasaki et al., 2010) and microorganism (Luo et al., 2013; Mayali and Azam, 2004; Zheng et al., 2013), have been reported to exert inhibitory effects on the growth of HABs. Among these, microorganisms (Zhang et al., 2013) were considered to provide better HAB control, especially the algicidal bacteria (Jia et al., 2010; Nakano et al., 2003; Su et al., 2011; Wang et al., 2010). A great deal of research has focused on the interactions between algicidal bacteria and algae, suggesting that algae-lysing bacteria play an important role in regulating the growth of algal cells and have the potential to mitigate or eradicate the frequent outbreaks of HABs (Cole, 1982; Grossart and Simon, 2007). "
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    • "It is generally recognized that antialgal agents produced by bacteria such as proteins, peptides amino acids, antibiotics and pigments are a promising and environment-friendly way to control HABs [14] [15] [16] [17], and the action mode of antialgal bacteria is speculated through direct or indirect interactions [18]. Moreover, antialgal bacteria may play an important role in regulating harmful algal biomass in natural aquatic environments [16]. Although antialgal bacteria studies on cyanobacteria degradation from laboratory systems to outdoor mesocosm tests can provide useful information on the relationship between microorganisms and pollutants [18] [19], they do not accurately reflect the biodegradation mechanism of HABs. "
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    ABSTRACT: Eutrophication has occurred frequently in various lakes and reservoirs, and the metabolic excretion produced during the algae growth causes serious water pollution and threatens ecological security. Biological control approaches such as screening bacteria with the capability to degrade cyanobacteria are an environment-friendly way. An isolated antialgal strain Streptomyces sp. KY-34, was applied to degrade the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa, and the possible biodegradation mechanism was investigated. The results showed that the fermentation liquor of Streptomyces sp. KY-34 could inhibit the growth of M. aeruginosa by restrained the synthesis of chlorophyll and photosynthetic pigments, and decreasing the contents of cellular protein and non-protein, accordingly led to the increase of malondialdehyde content, and the activities of superoxide dismutase, catalase and peroxidase in algae cells. In addition, the variation of the cellular ultrastructure indicated a serious change in algal physiology. It's revealed that the biodegradation mechanism of M. aeruginosa should primarily be that Streptomyces sp. KY-34 caused the damage of algae cell membrane and led to the increases of antioxidant enzymes, and then the growth of M. aeruginosawas inhibited.
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