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Killer algae

Author: Alexandre Meinesz; Daniel Simberloff
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Many years ago, a Stuttgart zoo imported a lush, bright green seaweed for its aquarium. Caulerpa taxifolia was cultivated in the zoo and exposed, for years, to chemicals and ultraviolet light. Eventually a sample of it found its way to the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, then headed by Jacques Cousteau. Fifteen years ago, while cleaning its tanks, that museum dumped the pretty green plant into the Mediterranean."  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandre Meinesz; Daniel Simberloff
ISBN: 0226519228 9780226519227
OCLC Number: 41431708
Description: xvi, 360 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm
Contents: From the discovery of the alga in Monaco to its arrival in France --
The alga grows, and the polemic begins --
Caulerpa taxifolia, superstar --
The stakeholders squabble, and the alga spreads --
Research progresses, and the polemic persists --
Chiaroscuro: 1997-1998 --
The three lessons of Caulerpa --
The biology of Caulerpa taxifolia as known in 1991 --
Chronology of a heralded invasion --
Table of measures --
Acronyms of organizations --
Diagram of the French government.
Other Titles: Roman noir de l'algue "tueuse".
Responsibility: Alexandre Meinesz ; translated by Daniel Simberloff ; with a foreword by David Quammen.
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This text presents the biological and political horror story of the algae in the Mediterranean. This work - part detective story and part bureaucratic object lesson - presents a classic case of a  Read more...

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