Toxic microalgae and global change: Why have proliferations increased along the Mediterranean coast?

Magda Vila, Jordi Camp, Elisa Berdalet


The ocean and the continent converge in a very narrow line that is, nonetheless, truly relevant to the health, leisure, and economy of our society. The Mediterranean coastline has undergone major changes over the last fifty years, which is evident in the alteration of its microalgae species. The proliferation of dinoflagellates is now common in microscopic organism communities in this ecosystem as a result of the modifications caused by humans and climate change. The increased frequency with which toxic microalgae blooms are detected has been key to raising awareness of this change.


phytoplankton; microalgae; marine toxins; Ostreopsis

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