Irrigating food crops with water containing cyanobacteria blooms
Primary inquiry: Small horticulture growers have been watering their crops with surface water containing a cyanobacterial bloom, before selling their crops at local markets.
- Can irrigation of food crops using surface water affected by cyanobacteria blooms result in bioaccumulation of cyanotoxins in these crops?
- Can cyanotoxins bioaccumulate to a concentration that might cause a public health concern?
Miller A, Russell C, Wiens M. Irrigating food crops with water containing cyanobacteria blooms. Vancouver, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. 2017 Oct.