As marine heatwaves become more commonplace, coral reefs are expelling their microscopic and colorful algae and bleaching white. Scott Reef, Australia, April 2016. Credit: Australian Institute of Marine Science New research into the crucial partnership between coral and algae may one day help prevent coral bleaching. For the first time, […]

ANIMATION Fishermen, swimmers, and seafood enthusiasts may already know the dangers of “red tides,” but a recent study in Frontiers in Climate shows that climate change is increasing the frequency of one type of highly toxic algal bloom off the US west coast. These algae produce a neurotoxin — called domoic acid — that […]

This image depicts viral infection of an Emiliania huxleyi cell superimposed on a satellite image of an E. huxleyi bloom in the Barents Sea. Credit: MODIS, NASA; Steve Gschmeissner, Photo Researchers Inc.; Kay Bidle & Christien Laber, Rutgers University Ocean algae get ‘coup de grace’ from viruses. Viruses don’t immediately […]

Noctiluca blooms in the Arabian Sea, as seen from space. Credit: Norman Kuring/NASA Climate-driven shifts disrupt fisheries, desalination plants; problems may hit other regions. A uniquely resilient organism all but unheard of in the Arabian Sea 20 years ago has been proliferating and spreading at an alarming pace, forming thick, […]