Researchers seek ways to decrease algal blooms from phosphorous runoff

Previously on the Neogen blog, we’ve written about how rising ocean temperatures are worsening the risk of shellfish poisoning due to the increasing presence of toxic algal blooms that thrive in warm waters.

Today we’re taking a look at another contributing factor to these algal blooms: phosphorus runoff.

First off: What is phosphorus runoff, and […]

As ocean temps rise, so does risk for shellfish poisoning

It’s not unusual for people to have shellfish allergies, but even non-allergic people can get sick from eating shellfish, thanks to contamination that occurs when the filter-feeding sea creatures take in toxins in warm ocean waters. Now, research is showing that the algae and bacteria that cause these toxins are becoming more prevalent as sea […]

Researchers: Warmer oceans threaten clam digging

Spring has sprung, and with it come the seasonal activities we know and love: gardening, outdoor walks, picnics at the park and, for plenty of Pacific Northwest residents, clam digging. However, researchers have identified a big factor that may heighten the risks of this popular activity.

After analyzing two decades of climate data from the […]

Neurotoxins such as domoic acid can disrupt salmon brain activity

There’s something in the water.

And it’s making salmon go crazy.

OK, maybe not crazy, but new research shows salmon that have been exposed to algal neurotoxins such as domoic acid, saxitoxin and brevetoxin exhibit changes in their behavior and brain activity.

The study, published online June 25 in Science Daily, also found small doses […]