NOAA Awards More Than $50K to NC State University to Study Life Cycle of Toxic Dinoflagellates
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the North Carolina State University Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology a $53,905 grant to examine the reproductive cycles of a toxic dinoflagellate. Researchers hope to use the research to reduce economically disastrous fish kills.
The funding will support research examining the life cycle of dinoflagellate Karlodinium micrum, a single-cell floating animal. Specifically, North Carolina researchers will examine patterns of asexual and sexual reproduction in the organism that has been associated with economically damaging fish kills in estuaries along the entire US Atlantic coast. The research is critically necessary for understanding the reproductive biology of this microorganism and represents an important first step in understanding the formation and reoccurrence of harmful Karlodinium micrum blooms.