The Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology News

January 1, 2007
Vol. 41, Iss. 1

Science News –
January 10, 2007 

Pfiesteria toxin identified

After nearly a decade of work, researchers have discovered a toxin produced by the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida.

Something in the water killed billions of fish in eastern U.S. estuaries throughout the 1990s. When a group of scientists blamed the kills on blooms of the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida, they wrote the beginning to a detective story that would spawn bitter debate over the next 15 years.


More information:

Environmental Science and Technology Online: http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthagw/2007/jan/science/ee_pfiesteria.html

News and Observer Editorial:
Water Bug Wisdom- editorial in News and Observer- Jan 17, 2007

Scientific Study by Moeller et. al.:
Metal Complexes and Free Radical Toxins Produced by Pfiesteria piscicida
Peter D. R. Moeller, Kevin R. Beauchesne, Kevin M. Huncik, W. Clay Davis, Steven J. Christopher, Pamela Riggs-Gelasco, and Andrew K. Gelasco
Environ. Sci. Technol.
ASAP Article 10.1021/es0617993 S0013-936X(06)01799-8
Web Release Date: January 10, 2007



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