- The coastal region of northwest Florida has been subject to persistent blooms of red tide caused by the toxic dinoflagellate K. brevis. Water samples were collected for the past five years in the Choctawhatchee Bay. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) will be used to amplify target RNA segments of K. brevis for quantification. Sample analysis and PCR results will be evaluated for spatial and temporal correlation to expose potential causes for the periodic blooms.
- This project is currently in progress.