Marine phytoplankton (mainly composed of microalgae) is essential for sea ecosystems, as it is the base of the food chain, and co-responsible for oxygen production to our planet. But under specific environmental conditions, some groups of microalgae can proliferate uncontrollably, giving rise to the so-called Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s).
Given the importance and frequency of these natural phenomena, @IPMA has a collection of marine microalgae to deepen knowledge of the ecophysiological processes associated with the production of toxins, and the profile of these toxins associated with different phytoplankton species and mechanisms of accumulation and elimination in organisms.
Brilliant work by Dra. Lia Godinho, Dr. André Sobrinho-Gonçalves @IPMA – Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera and @SNMB – Sistema Nacional de Monitorização de Moluscos Bivalves