Oil Spills and Dispersants Can Cause the Initiation of Potentially Harmful Dinoflagellate Blooms ("Red Tides").

@article{Almeda2018OilSA,
  title={Oil Spills and Dispersants Can Cause the Initiation of Potentially Harmful Dinoflagellate Blooms ("Red Tides").},
  author={Rodrigo Almeda and Sarah Cosgrove and Edward J. Buskey},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2018},
  volume={52 10},
  pages={
          5718-5724
        }
}
After oil spills and dispersant applications the formation of red tides or harmful algal blooms (HABs) has been observed, which can cause additional negative impacts in areas affected by oil spills. However, the link between oil spills and HABs is still unknown. Here, we present experimental evidence that demonstrates a connection between oil spills and HABs. We determined the effects of oil, dispersant-treated oil, and dispersant alone on the structure of natural plankton assemblages in the… CONTINUE READING
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