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Nitrogen From Pollution, Natural Sources Causes Growth of Toxic Algae, Study Finds

February 6, 2013

phytoplankton species Pseudo-nitzschia cuspidata Nitrogen in ocean waters fuels the growth of two tiny but toxic phytoplankton species that are harmful to marine life and human health, warns a new study published in the Journal of Phycology. Researchers from San Francisco State University found that nitrogen entering the ocean--whether through natural processes or pollution--boosts the growth and toxicity of a group of phytoplankton that can cause the human illness amnesic shellfish poisoning. Full Story

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