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Making Sense of the Complex Life Cycles of Toxic Pfiesteria

Making Sense of the Complex Life Cycles of Toxic Pfiesteria

An intriguing microbe with complex interactions that scientists have recently begun to study is the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida. It has been linked to large fish kills in the waters of North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay. Examine the effect of environmental variables associated with outbreaks such as flooding and fish density with a model of the Pfiesteria life cycle. * manipulate environmental variables in a life cycle model of a normally benign dinoflagellate to produce an outbreak of its toxic form

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