Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [OPB.org] by Jes Burns - January 16, 2017
Scientists at Oregon State University have figured out a way to predict outbreaks of a dangerous neurotoxin called domoic acid in the Pacific Ocean. The toxin is produced during algae blooms and can make crab and shellfish unsafe to eat.
A few years back, Oregon State University researcher Morgaine McKibben noticed that the ocean off Oregon had warmed considerably. It was part of a natural climate cycle called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
“I couldn’t help but think, ‘Wow, is there going to be domoic acid event?’ And there was,” McKibben said.
Domoic acid can ...
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