publication . Thesis . 2015

Are toxins from harmful algae a factor involved in the decline of harbour seal populations in Scotland?

Jensen, Silje-Kristin;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United States
Firstly this study builds on the investigation initiated by Hall and Frame (2010), which found that Scottish harbour seals were exposed to domoic acid (DA), a potent natural neurotoxin produced by phytoplankton. Using the same sample collection technique to gather urine and faecal material from various populations around Scotland with differing population trajectories (Lonergan et al., 2007), the objective was to investigate not only exposure to DA, but also other groups of toxins such as paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins and the lipophilic toxins okadaic acid (OA) and dinophysis toxins (DTXs). Toxins from harmful algae are thought to be potential causa...
free text keywords: QL737.P64J4, Harbor seal--Scotland, Seal populations--Scotland, Toxic marine algae--Scotland
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