School of Biological Sciences
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ph. (03) 364-2525
Cyanobacteria are commonly called "Blue-green algae". They are often important
components of algal communities in soils, fresh and marine waters and in extreme
environments such as desert rocks and hot springs worldwide. The production of
toxins by certain species is a phenomenon which is attracting increasing attention.
In New Zealand, cyanobacterial members of freshwater lake phytoplankton and river
in these habitats is by no means fully known. Cyanobacteria of other habitats have
barely been examined. I am using traditional approaches, that is light and electron
microscopy of field and cultured specimens, for description of the cyanobacterial flora
in wide-ranging habitats.