Fish-killing algae discovered in Broads

The golden algae known as Prymnseium parvum is generally harmless in its natural state. But, when in

The golden algae known as Prymnseium parvum is generally harmless in its natural state. But, when infected with a virus, it can be deadly for fish. Supplied by: One on One Communications - Credit: Archant

An algae which wreaks havoc for anglers and kills fish has been found in Norfolk's waterways.

Professor Rob Field, Group Leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Supplied by: One on One Commu

Professor Rob Field, Group Leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Supplied by: One on One Communications - Credit: Archant

But now researchers in Norwich have developed a test which could protect the Broads and save millions of pounds for the economy.

The algae, called Prymensium parvum, becomes toxic when it is infected with a virus - and is deadly to fish.

A new test created by IDna Genetics is being used to detect and help control a dangerous algae bloom

A new test created by IDna Genetics is being used to detect and help control a dangerous algae bloom that can cause havoc to the waterways of Norfolk. Supplied by: One on One Communications - Credit: Archant

The test finds the infected algae in the water which means it can then be controlled.

IDna chief scientific officer, Dr Peter Isaac, said: "It's a promising development in seeking a solution to a global problem."

Dr Peter Isaac is the chief scientific officer at IDna and said the test is a new tool to support th

Dr Peter Isaac is the chief scientific officer at IDna and said the test is a new tool to support the Broads Authority. Supplied by: One on One Communication. - Credit: Archant


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He added: "We were able to develop an effective, fast and extremely cost-effective method to detect the dangerous combination of algae and virus."

The test was developed by IDna Genetics, the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia.

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