Introduction: Understanding jellyfish blooms

Carlos M. Duarte*, Kylie A. Pitt, Cathy H. Lucas

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Jellyfish blooms are a conspicuous feature of our oceans. Negative interactions between jellyfish and humans are widely publicised, such as jellyfish disrupting power supplies by clogging cooling water intakes of power plants or interfering with commercial fishing operations. Yet jellyfish have delivered many benefits to humans, such as being the original source of a unique molecule, the green fluorescent protein, that has revolutionised biomedical research. Here we discuss the public and scientific perceptions of jellyfish blooms and emphasise the need for striking a balance in the way jellyfish blooms are portrayed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJellyfish Blooms
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789400770157
ISBN (Print)9400770146, 9789400770140
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biomedical applications
  • Green fluorescent proteins
  • Jellyfish blooms
  • Marine ecosystem health
  • Public perception
  • Societal impacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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