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Microbe's poison linked to fish kills

A microbe linked to toxic algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay emits a poison to protect itself and to stun its equally tiny prey, Maryland scientists said.

Knowing the hunting habits of Karlodinium veneficum could help reduce fish kills, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said.

Studies show K. veneficum emits a poison called karlotoxin that immobilizes its prey -- a single-celled algae called cryptophyte, the researchers wrote this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
 

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