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Title: Impact of toxic cyanobacterial blooms (Lyngbya spp.) on coral reef habitats off southeastern Florida and the Florida Keys.
Authors: Paul, Valerie
Arthur, Karen
Capper, Angela
Ross, Cliff
Banks, Ken
Bartels, Erich
Clementz, Mark
Semon, Kathleen
Keywords: corals
coral reefs
toxic blooms
cyanobacteria
Lyngbya ploychroa
Lyngbya confervoides
Lyngbya majuscula
Stylocheilus straitus
Florida Keys
Florida
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL.
Series/Report no.: POR;2006-18
Abstract: This report describes a project with an objective to assess the prevalence and impact of toxic cyanobacterial blooms of Lyngbya spp. upon coral reefs and the organisms associated with those reefs off of southeastern Florida and the Florida Keys. Using an in situ bioassay approach we were able to show that nutrient enrichment, particularly the addition of iron, can increase growth and secondary metabolite in Lyngbya polychroa. In addition, we demonstrated that the specialist grazer Stylocheilus striatus can sequester secondary metabolites produced by Lyngbya spp. in Florida. Finally, we assessed the potential role of Lyngbya secondary metabolites in fibropapilloma in green turtles in Florida waters and found that the tumor promoting compounds produced by Lyngbya majuscula in the Pacific are not present in Lyngbya spp. in Florida.
Description: 16 p. pdf. Includes bibliographical references, colored photos, tables, charts, and maps.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2075/2943
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