Pfiesteria and Related Harmful Blooms: Natural Resource and Human Health Concerns

Eugene H. Buck, Claudia Copeland, Jeffrey A. Zinn, Donna U. Vogt, National Council for Science and the Environment

This online report provides nonpartisan research findings about Pfiesteria and related harmful blooms to members of the House and Senate. The report describes the history and identification of the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria, associated water quality conditions, its role in fish lesions and fish kills, research on the human health effects of Pfiesteria toxins, and state and federal responses to Pfiesteria outbreaks.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology, Microbiology and Health, Ecology:Habitats:Freshwater
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology