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New Indicator for Gulf of Mexico Toxic Alga Shows ...

NCCOS-sponsored scientists have discovered a simple indicator to predict one type of harmful algal species bloom or outbreak. The first potentially reliable biological indicator for forecasting a harmful algal bloom ...
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Harmful Algal Cyst Mapping in Washington Shows 10-...

An unprecedented bloom of the harmful alga Alexandrium occurred during Fall 2014 in Quilcene Bay, Hood Canal, Puget Sound, WA; the outbreak contaminated shellfish with potent biotoxins that can cause ...
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NOAA Harmful Algae Research Featured at Interstate...

NCCOS's Dr. Quay Dortch was a featured speaker at the 66th Interstate Seafood Seminar conference during a session devoted to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their impacts on shellfish safety ...
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Origins of Harmful Alga Scourge in Pacific Northwe...

Researchers have identified the oceanographic causes and routes for the harmful alga Pseudo-nitzschia in offshore waters of the Pacific Northwest. The team's validated model shows that toxic Pseudo-nitzschia cells arrive ...
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NCCOS Research in Today’s Rapidly Changing G...

Two national science conferences recently highlighted NCCOS research: The theme at the 7th Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States (Oct. 27 -31, 2013; Sarasota, FL) was harmful algal ...
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New Research Shows Both Blooms and Toxicity of Har...

A cyanobacterial bloom in a freshwater lake. Credit C. Gobler, SUNY Stony Brook In freshwaters around the world blooms of cyanobacteria (commonly known as blue-green algae) are considered a serious ...
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University of the Virgin Islands Ciguatera Researc...

Dr. Tyler Smith, a scientist with the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies in St. Thomas, was recently awarded a NOAA grant to study to ...
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Fish-Killing Algae Species Evades Predators to Sur...

A recently published study into how Heterosigma rapidly forms blooms discovered a remarkable behavior: they flee. This fish-killing species of microscopic plant swims away when it senses single-celled predators are feeding on ...
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Algae blooms are prolific this time of year | Seac...

Due to blooms of the type of algae Alexandrium that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, mussel oyster and clam harvesting was recently shut down along some sections of the Maine coast ...
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New Study Shows Complex Variation of Toxicity in T...

A recent study funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science investigated the role of specific phosphorus and nitrogen compounds in determining the amount and composition of Paralytic Shellfish ...
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