Microcystis is a planktonic blue-green algae. It forms irregular colonies where the cells cluster in a gelatinous matrix. The colony will trap air to maintain buoyancy at the surface of the water. Microcystis reproduces by cell division and it can easily take over the whole surface of the water. Algae blooms that cover the entire water’s surface will prevent oxygen exchange between the water and the atmosphere which will deplete the water of oxygen.
Microcystis can grow in warm freshwater that is rich in nutrients. It can secrete toxins into the water that will be harmful to people and wildlife. It can also give water a bad taste and smell. Microcystis can be treated with Cutrine Ultra.