Anabaena

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Anabaena

(an'ă-bē'nă),
A genus of Cyanobacteria found in fresh water that can cause odor in water supplies; although not invasive pathogens, they produce potent saxitoxinlike neurotoxins that can poison farm animals that ingest heavily infected pond water.

Anabaena

A genus of filamentous cyanobacteria which form colonies of plankton that are capable of nitrogen fixation. Anabaena is ecologically important in wet tropical soils and is symbiotic with the mosquito fern Azolla.

Anabaena

(an″ă-bē′nă) [L. fr. Gr. anabainein, to go up]
A genus of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) that live as plankton in fresh and saltwater. Some species produce neurotoxins.

Anabaena

a genus of planktonic Cyanobacteria which frequents still, fresh water. Important because of its capacity to produce potent toxins including anatoxin, saxitoxin and microcystin. Causes nervous syndrome, highly fatal within a few hours, and hepatic necrosis with photosensitization. Called also water bloom. Includes A. circinalis, A. flos-aquae, A. spiroides.