Pfiesteria shumwayae (Pfiesteriaceae) in New Zealand

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Parke A. Rublee, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Pfiesteria shumwayae Steidinger et Burkholder is now known to be present in New Zealand and occurs in estuaries around the country. The presence of Pfiesteria was initially determined by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based detection assay, using oligonucleotide primers targeted at ribosomal DNA extracted from estuarine water and sediments. Presence was confirmed by isolation from fresh sediments in the presence of fish (Oreochromis mossambicus), followed by identification by scanning electron microscopy. The New Zealand isolates of P. shumwayae were ichthyotoxic in bioassays, but there is no historic evidence of fish kills in New Zealand associated with the dinoflagellate.

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New Zealand Journal of Freshwater and Marine Research
Language: English
Date: 2002
Pfiesteria, dinoflagellate, estuarine, fish kills, molecular probes

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