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Taxonomy, Detection and Genomics of Toxic Phytoplankton

New additions are indicated by an asterisk (*). Last update: 15 June 2010.

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IOC Taxonomic Reference List of Toxic Plankton Algae: Developed by Ø. Moestrup (Copenhagen, Denmark) and other HAB species taxonomists

Identification of Microalgae and Cysts: Developed by Y. Fukuyo (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Identifying Harmful Marine Dinoflagellates: Web version of the book: Faust, M. and R.A. Gulledge. 2002. Identifying Harmful Marine Dinoflagellates. Smithsonian Institution Contributions from the United States National Herbarium. 42: 1-144

Center of Excellence for Dinophyte Taxonomy: Developed by M. Hoppenrath and M. Elbrächter (Germany), with input from other dinoflagellate taxonomists

The user-friendly guide to harmful phytoplankton in EU waters: Developed by A. Kraberg and D.J.S. Montagnes, and E. Minter (University of Liverpool, UK)

Phytoplankton Identification Catalogue: By L. Botes (2003), Saldanha Bay, South Africa, April 2001. GloBallast Monograph Series No. 7. IMO London (a pdf file; 4 MB)

AgaeBase: Listing the World’s algae: Developed by M. Guiry (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)

Montage SEM images of Pseudo-nitzschia species: Digital Microscopy Facility, Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick)

Pseudo-nitzschia-lator software (now called dmfTable): Software to help identify different species of Pseudo-nitzschia, based on SEM morphometrics, by J.M. Ehrman and I. Kaczmarska; Digital Microscopy Facility, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB. pdf file of the paper, in the L&O Bulletin (2.7 MB). Note: the software is being updated to include several additional Pseudo-nitzschia species, and will be released later

Marine Plankton Diatoms of the West Coast of North America: by E.E. Cupp (1943); a pdf file (8 MB) of Cupp's original paper: Marine Plankton Diatoms of the West Coast of North America. Berkeley, California; University of California Press, 1943, Bulletin of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, volume 5, number 1. Contribution from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, New Series, number 190. It shows some of the original drawings of species that were then called Nitzschia (starting on p. 202). The genus name has since changed to Pseudo-nitzschia; some species names have also changed.

ALGADEC: Detection of toxic algae with a semi-automated nucleic acid biosensor; also see link in Coastal Portal

Multiplex based analysis for marine biotoxins: PDF file of poster by K. Campbell, J. Buijs, A.C. Huet, N. Vilariño, L.M. Botana, C.T. Elliott, A.C. Huet, N. Vilariño, L.M. Botana, and C.T. Elliott

Emerging Detection Methods for Microbial Contaminants and HAB Toxins: PDF file of Powerpoint presentation by K.D. Goodwin, W. Litaker and D. Fries; 2009 National Beach Conference; US EPA

* Microscopic and Molecular Methods for Quantitative Phytoplankton Analysis: Book edited by B. Karlson, C. Cusack and E. Bresnan, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Manuals and Guides, no. 55 (2010). A new manual on microscopic and molecular methods for quantitative phytoplankton analysis; complements the existing IOC Manual on Harmful Marine Microalgae published in 2003. PDF file of book (4 MB)

* Receptor Binding Assay Technique for Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins Quantification: PDF file (1.8 MB) of a Reference Manual, edited by E.Z. Sombrito (2000); Regional Resource Unit, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, PNRI, Quezon City, Philippines

The Fritsch Collection of Freshwater Algae and Illustrations. The Collection contains floristic information from a wide range of papers published worldwide, from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day. The information, which now exceeds 100,000 foolscap sheets and several million illustrations, together with its own reprint collection, is currently accessed by email, phone, letter or personal visit.

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