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Towards HAB-Controlling Technology: Studying Parasitoid-Dinoflagellate Interactions on Individual- and Population-Scales

Project description

Killer parasites could tame harmful algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are rapidly growing algae populations that have toxic effects on people and marine animals. Due to increased human activities in our waterways, HABs are occurring more frequently. Most studies have focused on what triggers them, but few have looked at natural ways of controlling and stopping these blooms. The ParaDinoInt project is studying the interactions between dinoflagellates, single-celled motile algae, and parasitoids, smaller single-celled protists which parasitise dinoflagellates and kill their hosts. Scientists are comparing natural HAB-causing dinoflagellate and parasitoid populations during bloom and non-bloom conditions, investigating the cell-cell interactions between dinoflagellates and parasitoids in the lab, and modelling these interactions in order to harness nature and battle HABs in an environmentally friendly way.

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Carretera De Valldemossa Km 7.5
07122 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 160 932,48