Environmental Laboratory

Fishing for Toxins

Jul 19 2006

Author: Professor Allan Cembella & Alfred Wegener on behalf of Unassigned Independent Article

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Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany are applying advanced chemical and molecular biological technologies to answer ecological questions. They are analysing trace levels of natural bioactive substances in seawater and marine biotoxins produced by various phytoplankton (microalgae), bacteria and cyanobacteria (“bluegreen algae”), trying to understand how these bioactive metabolites are produced and sequestered and what effects they have on the ecosystem.

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