Project Overviews: How Toxins are Made

HBOI Foundation

Lead PI: Guojun Wang

Phytoplankton have the ability to produce an array of harmful compounds like domoic acid, saxitoxins, brevotoxins and ciguatoxins. While these toxins are coded for within an organism’s genome, the pathways that lead to their production are in some cases unknown. To learn more about this process, researchers are investigating the genetic material associated with HAB-causing species to determine how toxins are created, factors that initiate production and how levels of these genes correlate to toxin levels in the environment.

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