Monitoring of marine biotoxins in shellfish for human consumption | Romana Roje Busatto
Marine biotoxins are naturally-produced toxins in a marine environment. They are produced by phytoplankton cells that are small microscopic algae that produce those toxins as byproducts of their metabolism. These substances can accumulate in the tissues of shellfish as a result of feeding on biotoxin-producing phytoplankton. Moreover, the impacts of climate change are contributing to the more frequent occurrences of harmful algal blooms while changing in toxins profiles and distribution. Romana Roje Busatto, researcher at the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (IZOR, Croatia) illustrates what has been done in the framework of the CASCADE project to monitor marine biotoxins and assess their environmental impacts. To learn more about the project, visit the CASCADE project website.