UFJF - Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

Blooms of cyanobacteria: a growing threat to shallow lakes

Data: 10 de November de 2016

   This project is an international cooperation  between CAPES and the University of Wageningen, in the Netherlands, UFRJ-National Museum, Wageningen University – Aquatic Ecology and Management Group and other Brazilian universities, such as UFRN and UFJF.

   The overall objective of the project is to understand the effects and interactions between several factors on the occurrence of cyanobacteria and to evaluate alternative management strategies to control cyanobacterial blooms in tropical and subtropical lakes.

   In particular, we are investigating:

1. How turbidity and residence time of water interact with nutrient levels.

2. How interspecific competition, including allelopathy, among cyanobacteria can affect the dominance patterns and favor the flowering of some species.

3. How the trophic structure of the fish community and omnivorous filtering populations can be managed to control flowering.

4. What are the main driving forces that determine the composition and dominance of cyanobacteria along a latitudinal gradient in South America.


Vera Lúcia M. Huszar | Coordinator

Fabio Roland

Maria Carolina S Soares

Raquel F Mendonça

Marcelo Manzi Marinho

Natália Pessoa Noyma

José Luiz Athayde

Janderson Brasil Dias

Renata de Fatima Panosso

Miquel Lurling



Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Finantial Support.


CAPES-WUR 007/2007