Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates?

Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates?

Posted in the Marine Biology Forum

Tom O

Lurnea, Australia

#1 Nov 8, 2007
Hi.

My question, as hinted at in the title, is:

Most of us have seen the famous picture depicting a bioluminescent red tide shown here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinoflagellates [scroll down]. What I'm curious about is whether or not a specifically-cultivated aquarium [devoid of other life and fed only with nutrients, phosphorous etc] could, with the right algae culture, produce a colony of dinoflagellates that could be prompted into bioluminescent displays?

If so, what are the constraints -- particular species of algae, uncertain triggers for the spectacle, etc?

Tom

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