Vila, Magda


My research has been focused on microalgae ecology, mainly related to harmful algal blooms and water quality in coastal areas. My interest is to understand the anthropogenic pressures and the abiotic characteristics determining phytoplankton and phytobenthos blooms. In the last years, I am centered in the ecology of the blooms of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis. In Mediterranean beaches, its outbreaks are associated to respiratory and dermatologic problems, while in the tropics food intoxications caused by palytoxin (toxin produced by this organism) have been reported.

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