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A review on the effects of environmental conditions on growth and toxin production of Ostreopsis ovata

Author(s): Pistocchi R, Pezzolesi L, Guerrini F, Vanucci S, Dell’Aversano C, et al.

Abstract

Since the end of the 1990s the occurrence of blooms of the benthic dinoflagellates Ostreopsis spp. is spreading in many tropical and temperate regions worldwide, sometimes causing benthonic biocenosis suffering and occasional human distress. Ostreopsis ovata has been found to produce palytoxin-like compounds, a class of highly potent toxins. As general, the highest abundances of Ostreopsis spp. are recorded during warmer periods characterized by high temperature, salinity, and water column stability.

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