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Harmful Algae

Matthew Keys, Gavin Tilstone, Helen S Findlay, Claire E Widdicombe, Tracy Lawson
A 21-year time series of phytoplankton community structure was analysed in relation to Phaeocystis spp. to elucidate its contribution to the annual carbon budget at station L4 in the western English Channel (WEC). Between 1993-2014 Phaeocystis spp. contributed ∼4.6% of the annual phytoplankton carbon and during the March - May spring bloom, the mean Phaeocystis spp. biomass constituted 17% with a maximal contribution of 47% in 2001. Upper maximal weekly values above the time series mean ranged from 63 to 82% of the total phytoplankton carbon (∼42-137mg carbon (C)m(-3)) with significant inter-annual variability in Phaeocystis spp...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Man Xiao, Anusuya Willis, Michele A Burford, Ming Li
The freshwater cyanobacterium Microcystis is a nuisance species. It forms large blooms on the water surface and overwhelmingly dominates the ecosystem through the formation of colonies from single cells surrounded by mucilage; however, the mechanism of colony formation is poorly understood. Two mechanisms of Microcystis colony formation have been proposed: cell-division, where cells remain attached after binary fission; and cell-adhesion, where single cells stick together. This paper examined the published literature on Microcystis colony formation to clarify the mechanism of colony formation and its relationship to environmental drivers...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Chao Zhang, Hao Luo, Liangmin Huang, Senjie Lin
Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient for marine phytoplankton as for other living organisms, and the preferred form, dissolved inorganic phosphate (DIP), is often quickly depleted in the sunlit layer of the ocean. Phytoplankton have developed mechanisms to utilize organic forms of P (DOP). Hydrolysis of DOP to release DIP by alkaline phosphatase is believed to be the most common mechanism of DOP utilization. Little effort has been made, however, to understand other potential molecular mechanisms of utilizing different types of DOP...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Cecilia Teodora Satta, Bachisio Mario Padedda, Nicola Sechi, Silvia Pulina, Alessandra Loria, Antonella Lugliè
Recurrent blooms of Chattonella subsalsa (Raphidophyceae) were associated with fish kills in Santa Giusta Lagoon (Mediterranean Sea). This study investigated the population dynamics of C. subsalsa and its relationship with environmental and meteorological conditions, using multiannual ecological data (1990-2016). In addition, for the first time, this study examined the presence of C. subsalsa cysts in lagoon sediments. The species was first detected in Santa Giusta Lagoon in July 1994. Bloom events coinciding with fish kills were recorded in 1994, 1998, 1999, and 2010...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Carles Guallar, Cedric Bacher, Annie Chapelle
The dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum is a toxic bloom-forming species distributed worldwide. The mechanisms driving and promoting the species blooms and their toxicity are studied and presented here. Most previously published work focuses on local and/or short-term scales. In this study, a broad temporal and spatial approach is addressed using time series covering several sites over several years and combining environmental variables and A. minutum abundances from the French English Channel - Atlantic coasts...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Zhi Zhu, Pingping Qu, Feixue Fu, Nancy Tennenbaum, Avery O Tatters, David A Hutchins
The toxic diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia produces environmentally damaging harmful algal blooms (HABs) along the U.S. west coast and elsewhere, and a recent ocean warming event coincided with toxic blooms of record extent. This study examined the effects of temperature on growth, domoic acid toxin production, and competitive dominance of two Pseudo-nitzschia species from Southern California. Growth rates of cultured P. australis were maximal at 23°C (∼0.8d(-1)), similar to the maximum temperature recorded during the 2014-2015 warming anomaly, and decreased to ∼0...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Sirius P K Tse, Samuel C L Lo
Comparative proteomic analysis was carried out using cells isolated from a natural bloom of Scrippsiella acuminata (formerly Scrippsiella trochoidea) in the early bloom (EB) and late bloom (LB) stages as well as with laboratory-grown cultures of cells isolated from the bloom in early growth (EG) and late growth (LG) stages. For quantitative proteomics, LG cells were grown for 20 generations in the presence of (15)N as a reference (i.e. common denominator) for all comparison. In comparisons with early growth laboratory grown cells (EG/LG), nearly 64% of proteins identified had similar abundance levels, with the remaining 36% mostly more abundant in EG cells...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Erin A Urquhart, Blake A Schaeffer, Richard P Stumpf, Keith A Loftin, P Jeremy Werdell
Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHAB) are thought to be increasing globally over the past few decades, but relatively little quantitative information is available about the spatial extent of blooms. Satellite remote sensing provides a potential technology for identifying cyanoHABs in multiple water bodies and across geo-political boundaries. An assessment method was developed using MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) imagery to quantify cyanoHAB surface area extent, transferable to different spatial areas, in Florida, Ohio, and California for the test period of 2008 to 2012...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Francisco Rodríguez, Santiago Fraga, Isabel Ramilo, Pilar Rial, Rosa Isabel Figueroa, Pilar Riobó, Isabel Bravo
In the present study the geographical distribution, abundance and composition of Gambierdiscus was described over a 600km longitudinal scale in the Canary Islands. Samples for cell counts, isolation and identification of Gambierdiscus were obtained from five islands (El Hierro, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote). Average densities of Gambierdiscus spp. between 0 and 2200cellsg(-1) blot dry weight of macrophyte were recorded. Morphological (light microscopy and SEM techniques) and molecular analyses (LSU and SSU rDNA sequencing of cultures and single cells from the field) of Gambierdiscus was performed...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Crettaz Minaglia Melina Celeste, Rosso Lorena, Aranda Jorge Oswaldo, Goñi Sandro, Sedan Daniela, Andrinolo Dario, Giannuzzi Leda
The effect of temperature (26°C, 28°C, 30°C and 35°C) on the growth of native CAAT-3-2005 Microcystis aeruginosa and the production of Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) and Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) were examined through laboratory studies. Kinetic parameters such as specific growth rate (μ), lag phase duration (LPD) and maximum population density (MPD) were determined by fitting the modified Gompertz equation to the M. aeruginosa strain cell count (cellsmL(-1)). A 4.8-fold increase in μ values and a 10.8-fold decrease in the LPD values were found for M...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Yang Li, Chun Xiu Huang, Guo Shuang Xu, Nina Lundholm, Sing Tung Teng, Haiyan Wu, Zhijun Tan
The genus Pseudo-nitzschia has attracted attention because of production of the toxin, domoic acid (DA), causing Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). Pseudo-nitzschia blooms occur frequently in Chinese coastal waters, and DA has been detected in several marine organisms, but so far no Pseudo-nitzschia strains from Chinese waters have been shown to produce DA. In this study, monoclonal Pseudo-nitzschia strains were established from Chinese coastal waters and examined using light microscopy, electron microscopy and molecular markers...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Xinfeng Dai, Yim Ling Mak, Chung-Kuang Lu, Hua-Hsuan Mei, Jia Jun Wu, Wai Hin Lee, Leo Lai Chan, Po Teen Lim, Nurin Izzati Mustapa, Hong Chang Lim, Matthias Wolf, Dongrong Li, Zhaohe Luo, Haifeng Gu, Chui Pin Leaw, Douding Lu
Recent molecular phylogenetic studies of Gambierdiscus species flagged several new species and genotypes, thus leading to revitalizing its systematics. The inter-relationships of clades revealed by the primary sequence information of nuclear ribosomal genes (rDNA), however, can sometimes be equivocal, and therefore, in this study, the taxonomic status of a ribotype, Gambierdiscus sp. type 6, was evaluated using specimens collected from the original locality, Marakei Island, Republic of Kiribati; and specimens found in Rawa Island, Peninsular Malaysia, were further used for comparison...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Camilla Capelli, Andreas Ballot, Leonardo Cerasino, Alessio Papini, Nico Salmaso
In the last decades, the cyanobacterium Dolichospermum lemmermannii showed an increasing spread to Southern Europe, raising serious concerns due to its ability to produce cyanotoxins. The widening of its geographic distribution and the observation of strains showing high optimum temperature underline its ecological heterogeneity, suggesting the existence of different ecotypes. To investigate its biogeography, new isolates from different European water bodies, together with strains maintained by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research Culture Collection of Algae, were genetically characterised for the 16S rRNA gene and compared with strains obtained from public repositories...
July 2017: Harmful Algae
Rakib H Rashel, Reynaldo Patiño
Salinity (5-30) effects on golden alga growth were determined at a standard laboratory temperature (22°C) and one associated with natural blooms (13°C). Inoculum-size effects were determined over a wide size range (100-100,000cellsml(-1)). A strain widely distributed in the USA, UTEX-2797 was the primary study subject but another of limited distribution, UTEX-995 was used to evaluate growth responses in relation to genetic background. Variables examined were exponential growth rate (r), maximum cell density (max-D) and, when inoculum size was held constant (100cellsml(-1)), density at onset of exponential growth (early-D)...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
Zhaohe Luo, Weidong Yang, Chui Pin Leaw, Vera Pospelova, Gwenael Bilien, Guat Ru Liow, Po Teen Lim, Haifeng Gu
Blooms of the harmful dinoflagellate Akashiwo sanguinea are responsible for the mass mortality of fish and invertebrates in coastal waters. This cosmopolitan species includes several genetically differentiated clades. Four clonal cultures were established by isolating single cells from Xiamen Harbour (the East China Sea) for morphological and genetic analyses. The cultures displayed identical morphology but were genetically different, thus revealing presence of cryptic diversity in the study area. New details of the apical structure complex of Akashiwo sanguinea were also found...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
Keith Bouma-Gregson, Mary E Power, Myriam Bormans
Benthic cyanobacteria in rivers produce cyanotoxins and affect aquatic food webs, but knowledge of their ecology lags behind planktonic cyanobacteria. The buoyancy of benthic Anabaena spp. mats was studied to understand implications for Anabaena dispersal in the Eel River, California. Field experiments were used to investigate the effects of oxygen bubble production and dissolution on the buoyancy of Anabaena dominated benthic mats in response to light exposure. Samples of Anabaena dominated mats were harvested from the South Fork Eel River and placed in settling columns to measure floating and sinking velocities, or deployed into in situ ambient and low light treatments to measure the effect of light on flotation...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
Zhaohe Luo, Bernd Krock, Kenneth Neil Mertens, Elisabeth Nézan, Nicolas Chomérat, Gwenael Bilien, Urban Tillmann, Haifeng Gu
The marine planktonic dinophyceaen genus Azadinium is a primary source of azaspiracids, but due to their small size its diversity may be underestimated and information on its biogeography is still limited. A new Azadinium species, A. zhuanum was obtained from the East China Sea and Yellow Sea of China by incubating surface sediments. Five strains were established by isolating single germinated cells and their morphology was examined with light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Azadinium zhuanum was characterized by a plate pattern of Po, cp, X, 4', 2a, 6'', 6C, 5S, 6''', 2'''', by a distinct ventral pore at the junction of Po, the first and fourth apical plates, and a conspicuous antapical spine...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
Hyeon Ho Shin, Zhun Li, Yang Ho Yoon, Seok Jin Oh, Wol-Ae Lim
While the initiation and development of dense bloom of Cochlodinium polykrikoides have been shown to be related to some environmental factors, little is known about the ecological role of the formation and germination of temporary cysts, nor of their significance for the rapid expansion of dense regional-scale blooms. This study examined the factors affecting the formation and germination of temporary cysts of C. polykrikoides, and provides details about the germination process. In the laboratory experiments, C...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
Siddiq Akbar, Jingjing Du, Hong Lin, Xiangshi Kong, Shucun Sun, Xingjun Tian
Cyanobacterial and zooplankton inducible defenses are important but understudied process that regulate the trophic interactions of freshwater ecosystem. Daphnia due to its large size is considered an important zooplankton with the high potential to control cyanobacterial blooms. It has been shown that Daphnia through maternal induction transfer tolerance to their next generation against Microcystis toxicity. Maternal induction has been investigated in different Daphnia species without considering phenotypic plasticity of prey...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
Lin Qi, Chuanmin Hu, Brian B Barnes, Zhongping Lee
In summer 2014, a toxic Karenia brevis bloom (red tide) occurred in the NE Gulf of Mexico, during which vertical migration of K. brevis has been observed from glider measurements. The current study shows that satellite observations from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) can capture changes in surface reflectance and chlorophyll concentration occurring within 2h, which may be attributed this K. brevis vertical migration. The argument is supported by earlier glider measurements in the same bloom, by the dramatic changes in the VIIRS-derived surface chlorophyll, and by the consistency between the short-term reflectance changes and those reported earlier from field-measured K...
June 2017: Harmful Algae
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