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Inhibition of the Growth of Alexandrium tamarense by Algicidal Substances in Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata)

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The wood sawdust from Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) exhibited stronger inhibition on the growth of Alexandrium tamarense than those from alder (Alnus cremastogyne), pine (Pinus massoniana), birch (Betula alnoides) and sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum). The water extract, acetone-water extract and essential oil from fir sawdust were all shown to inhibit the growth of A. tamarense. The inhibition of fir essential oil was the strongest among all the above wood sources while the half effective concentration was only 0.65 mg/L. These results suggested that the fir essential oil may play an important role in the algicidal effect of Chinese fir.

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This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (U0733006), Project of Environmental Protection Bureau of Guangzhou and Science and Technology Project of Guangdong Province in China (2004B20501007).

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Yang, W., Liu, J., Li, H. et al. Inhibition of the Growth of Alexandrium tamarense by Algicidal Substances in Chinese Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata). Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 537–541 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-009-9836-z

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