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Tracking losses of brevetoxins on exposure to phytoplankton competitors: ecological impacts
Redshaw, C.H.; Sutter, D.A.; Lim-Hing, K.; Heckman, M.L.; Jakobsson, S.L.; Naar, J.; Kubanek, J. (2011). Tracking losses of brevetoxins on exposure to phytoplankton competitors: ecological impacts. Harmful Algae 12: 119-124. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.hal.2011.09.007
In: Harmful Algae. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; London; Amsterdam; Shannon; Paris. ISSN 1568-9883, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Aiptasia; Artemia; Biological control; Brevetoxin; Karenia brevis; Toxicology; Skeletonema

Authors  Top 
  • Redshaw, C.H.
  • Sutter, D.A.
  • Lim-Hing, K.
  • Heckman, M.L.
  • Jakobsson, S.L.
  • Naar, J.
  • Kubanek, J.

Abstract
    The frequent occurrence of devastating blooms of the harmful dinoflagellate Karenia brevis in the Gulf of Mexico has motivated research into bloom dynamics and potential mitigation strategies. The use of competing phytoplankton to lower waterborne concentrations of the most abundant and toxic brevetoxins produced during these blooms has been proposed. However the ecological impacts of using such biocontrol agents have not been addressed. This study investigated the impact on marine invertebrates of lowered brevetoxin concentrations due to the presence of competing phytoplankton. Even at low brevetoxin concentrations, the presence of the common diatom Skeletonema grethae ameliorated harmful toxic effects of brevetoxins upon the brine shrimp, Artemia salina, and reduced the incidence of negative physiological and morphological responses of the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida. In addition, brevetoxin biotransformation products formed by competing phytoplankton appear to be non-toxic or do not trigger the same physiological responses as brevetoxins in the model organisms used. These findings may impact the interpretation of ecotoxicological data gathered during bloom events, since the presence of phytoplankton competitors in Karenia blooms is likely to reduce the harmful effects seen on many marine invertebrates.

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