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Nitrogen From Pollution, Natural Sources Causes Growth of Toxic Algae, Study Finds
February 6, 2013
Nitrogen in ocean waters fuels the growth of two tiny but toxic phytoplankton species that are harmful to marine life and human health, warns a new study published in the Journal of Phycology. Researchers from San Francisco State University found that nitrogen entering the ocean--whether through natural processes or pollution--boosts the growth and toxicity of a group of phytoplankton that can cause the human illness amnesic shellfish poisoning.
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