Florida red tide algae fueled by several nutrient sources: Mote scientist

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A cell of K. brevis, the species of microscopic algae that causes Florida red tide. - Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory, used by permission.

Red tide can be a problem in Florida – both for marine species and for humans; now, several researchers, including from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have just published their findings about how nutrients fuel red tides.

WMNF News interviewed Kellie Dixon, a senior scientist at Mote and the program manager for their chemical and physical ecology program.

Here’s the extended version of the interview beyond what we played on the air. It has web-exclusive content including more about the results of the study — specifically the different types of nutrients used by the red tide algae:

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