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algal bloom

Definition

Rapid and localized increase of one or more planktonic species, often in spring or autumn, causing large temporary concentrations of these organisms to dominate the community; can result in discoloured waters (red tides). Phytoplankton (algal) blooms may be associated with the release of toxins (e.g. blooms of the dinoflagellate Gymnodinium).

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