Nutrient environment of red tide- infested waters off south-west coast of India

Thresiamma Joseph, P Shaiju, C M Laluraj, K K Balachandran, M Nair, Rejomon George, K K C Nair, Satish Sahayak, M P Prabhakaran
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 2008, 143 (1-3): 355-61
The bloom-infested waters along the southwest coast of India were assessed to bring about the probable cause related to the excessive algal production. Low nitrate and silicate concentrations were concomitant with slightly higher levels of phosphate. The silicate depletion in the bloom area is possibly an indication of community succession (diatom to dinoflagellate), since it was completely utilized by the preceding diatom blooms. The dinoflagellates in this region could have been advected from the northern regions where it was noticed during the previous months.

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