NOAA Grant to University of Maryland Funds Study of Toxins in Fish-Killing Alga
A $149,660 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will fund projects at University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute in Baltimore, Md., to study toxin production in fish-killing alga with the aim of better understanding the environmental circumstances that cause organisms to produce the toxins.
The grant from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will focus on Karlodinium micrun, which occurs widely along the east coast of the US, and produces at least two fish-killing toxins. The grant will support research to investigate how and why toxin structure varies between different locations. The research may lead to new insights on reasons why some algae produce toxins, which will assist in developing management strategies.