Phytotoxicity induced in isolated zooxanthellae by herbicides extracted from Great Barrier Reef flood waters.

@article{Shaw2012PhytotoxicityII,
  title={Phytotoxicity induced in isolated zooxanthellae by herbicides extracted from Great Barrier Reef flood waters.},
  author={Chris M Shaw and Jon Brodie and Jochen M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Marine pollution bulletin},
  year={2012},
  volume={65 4-9},
  pages={355-62}
}
To date there has been limited evidence anthropogenically sourced pollution from catchments reaching corals of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). In this study, freshly isolated zooxanthellae were exposed to polar chemicals (chiefly herbicides) extracted from water samples collected in a flood plume in the GBR lagoon. Photosynthetic potential of the isolated zooxanthellae declined after exposure to concentrated extracts (10 times) from all but one of the sampling sites. Photosynthetic potential… CONTINUE READING