Human exposure to cyanobacteria and BMAA

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Cyanobacteria are found worldwide, primarily in aquatic habitats. They are increasing in abundance as a result of increasing nutrient inputs from various human activities. Recent data indicate that most cyanobacteria produce the neurotoxin beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), and this toxin can biomagnify UP some food chains to rather high concentrations in animals used as food by humans. BMAA may pose an increasing human health risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-95
Number of pages11
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Algae
  • BMAA
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Florida
  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Toxin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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