Marine phytoplankton laid bare in a lecture on the dangers, and importance, of algae
- Last Updated on Monday, 26 August 2013 10:10
Next month a leading microbial expert is to give a public lecture in Oban looking at what's for and against algae.
Professor Keith Davidson of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) will explain how marine phytoplankton can be both vital for and harmful to life.
The tiny organisms form the base of the marine food chain and are crucial to global climate. However, some marine phytoplankton species, often called harmful algae, produce biotoxins that can be dangerous to humans and other mammals and can have a negative impact on coastal aquaculture like shellfish.
Marine phytoplankton: the good, the bad and the not so ugly, is the first in a series of free, public lectures organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
Speaking about his forthcoming talk, Professor Davidson said: “I am honoured to be invited to present the first of the university’s inaugural professorial lectures to be given at SAMS. I hope the lecture will provide some insights into the fascinating world of marine microbes.”
It will be the first public talk he has given since being made a professor of the university earlier this year.
Media contact for this event:
UHI Communications officer
Tel: 01463 279 222