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Superoxide production by marine microalgae: I. Survey of 37 species from 6 classes


Marshall, JA and de Salas, MF and Oda, T and Hallegraeff, GM, Superoxide production by marine microalgae: I. Survey of 37 species from 6 classes, Marine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters, 147, (2) pp. 533-540. ISSN 0025-3162 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00227-005-1596-7


A survey was conducted for production of the reactive oxygen species superoxide by 37 species (65 strains) of microalgae including dinoflagellates, raphidophytes, chlorophytes, prasinophytes, eustigmatophytes and prymnesiophytes. Ichthyotoxic raphidophyte species of Chattonella were found to produce the highest environmental levels of superoxide (177×104 total chemiluminescence units). However, ichthyotoxic dinoflagellates (Karenia, Alexandrium) and the prymnesiophyte Prymnesium were also found to produce significant levels of superoxide (4×104, 3×104 and 5×104 chemiluminescence units, respectively), equivalent to that of other raphidophyte species of Heterosigma and Fibrocapsa (6×104 and 2×104, respectively). A direct relationship between cell size and superoxide production was observed (r 2 = 0.94), with larger cells producing more superoxide per cell. Chattonella produced the most superoxide per cell (expressed as cellular chemiluminescence units), followed by the dinoflagellate species Karenia, Alexandrium, Takayama and Gymnodinium. Small cells, such as the raphidophyte Heterosigma and the prymnesiophyte Prymnesium produced very little superoxide per cell (cellular chemiluminescence units), but potentially could still produce high total levels of superoxide if present at high biomass levels. Species commonly used as aquaculture bivalve feeds such as Dunaliella, Tetraselmis, Nannochloropsis and Pavlova produced negligible levels of superoxide, even at high biomass. We speculate that superoxide, while not the sole ichthyotoxic principle, may play a wider role in algal toxicity than previously considered, and propose a broad classification of microalgae based upon superoxide production. © Springer-Verlag 2005.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marshall, JA (Dr Judith Marshall)
UTAS Author:de Salas, MF (Dr Miguel de Salas)
UTAS Author:Hallegraeff, GM (Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff)
ID Code:33160
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:109
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-05-08

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