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A thirst for blood sparks toxic algal blooms
Date:6/30/2009

er to gain access to the nutrients in their cells.

Blood-sucking

"The way the algae absorb food is similar to that of blood-sucking insects, such as mosquitoes. Our study shows that this theft of nutrients may be an important mechanism in the formation of blooms of toxic plankton", says Per Jonsson. "The results will lead to several further experimental studies, and we hope that these will eventually contribute to solving the mystery of how algal blooms arise."


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Contact: Krister Svahn
krister.svahn@science.gu.se
46-031-786-4912
University of Gothenburg
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