The research proposed is to explore the biographical distribution and biodiversity of toxigenic species associated with Harmful Algal Blooms. Vertical profiles will be conducted with respect to standard oceanographic parameters (temperature, salinity, turbidity, oxygen, chlorophyll) through the upper water column. Plankton samples will be obtained by pumping from discrete depths in the euphotic zone, and also by means of plankton net tows and entrapment bottle casts. On board analysis of toxins will be carried out by mass spectrometry coupled with liquid chromatography and DNA sequencing of plankton
assemblages will be done on board with pyrosequencing equipment.
Allan Cembella (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research)
North Sea North East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
North Sea and north coast of Scotland, including Orkney and Shetland Islands.