Project Overviews: Chemical Fingerprinting in the IRL
Lead PI: Amy Wright
Research has shown that members of the microbial community can influence the start, development, toxicity and decline of HABs through the production of small organic molecules that are called secondary, or specialized, metabolites. While not necessary for survival, secondary metabolites offer many competitive advantages to the producing organism. These chemicals can play key roles in HAB dynamics by sending signals between members of the microbial community. Researchers are screening samples from the IRL during bloom and non-bloom periods to determine the compounds present and their influence. New toxic substances are also being studied.
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Natural Products Chemistry