UM scientists get Pfiesteria grant

October 03, 1998

University of Maryland environmental scientists have been awarded a federal grant to try to unravel the reasons Pfiesteria piscicida and other toxic microbes afflict only certain bodies of water.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $613,899 to the university's Center for Environmental Science to fund the first year of a five-year study, according to Rep. Wayne P. Gilchrest's staff. The center will use the funds to develop techniques for studying Pfiesteria in shallow waters and analyze factors that might trigger outbreaks, such as poor water circulation and the presence of nutrients.

The grant, part of a nationwide NOAA program to learn more about harmful microorganisms in U.S. coastal waters, is one of several research awards to Maryland institutions, state officials said.

Pub Date: 10/03/98

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