Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are an emerging and major issue in marine science research

Dr José Luis Ariart, Academician from Austral University of Chile and Researcher at IDEAL Center, and Dr Maximiliano Frangopoulos of Magallanes University, spoke about the FANS at the XL Congress of Marine Sciences.

The title of the seminar was a fun and entertaining reception Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in a changing environmentIn which the researchers presented and analyzed the latest developments in the search for harmful algal blooms (HABs), from the Bío Bío region to the Magallanes region.

The event is framed inside XL Marine Science Conference Who staged Magallanes UniversityIn it, 9 exhibitions were presented from different institutions, such as IFOP-CREAN, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad de Magallanes and Universidad Austral de Chile-Centro IDEAL.

Regarding the topics covered, most researchers presented the results of the red tide monitoring programs. Experimental and field studies (covering different methodologies of molecular studies for the detection of toxic toxins); Studies of dinoflagellate cyst. Use of satellites and models to detect and dynamics of flowering; All-inclusive oceanographic tours; And experimental factor and taxonomic studies.

Likewise, progress in the results was presented in experimental and field studies of the species recently observed in coastal waters and greater knowledge of the diversity of biotoxins, which indicates a good level of research into harmful algal blooms.

The symposium coordinator, Dr. Maximo Frangopoulos from Magallanes University, indicated that the aim of the symposium is “to share developments, experiences, opinions and challenges related to the FAN problem among local researchers, with the aim of updating the situation. From studies developed at the national level, discussing new curricula and searching for questions and points.” Joint future scenarios for global change, which are expected to increase their frequency at the local and global level.

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He added, “There were questions and common ground for future global changes, as FAN events are expected to increase in coverage and intensity.”

The professional from Magallanes has also argued about the importance of implementing and preserving these types of situations over time, because in this way it will be possible to “continue to work in an associative manner to diversify themes and approaches, and thus, advance knowledge of these events in our coastal ecosystems.”

On the other hand, researcher at IDEAL-UACh, Dr José Luis Ayriart, noted that on this occasion “excellent developments were presented by the various research groups, and important future research questions for the southern coast were also resolved” discussed – Australia Chile. “This is a priority issue around the world, understanding its environment and its health, social and economic impacts, and it is a phenomenon that is increasingly complicated by changes in the oceans in the face of global warming.”

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