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Researchers discover that red tide species is deadlier than first thought - Phys.org

Published on: 07/23/2012

A University of Connecticut researcher and his team have discovered that a species of tiny aquatic organism prominent in harmful algal blooms sometimes called "red tide" is even deadlier than first thought, with potential consequences for entire marine food chains.

Professor Hans Dam and his research group in the school's Department of Marine Sciences have discovered that the plankton species Alexandrium tamarense contains not one but two different types of toxins, one that's deadly to large organisms and one that's deadly to small predators.

via Researchers discover that red tide species is deadlier than first thought - Phys.org.

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This research was funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Read our original story here and download the journal article.

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