Data from: Aquatic polymers can drive pathogen transmission in coastal ecosystems

Karen Shapiro, Colin Krusor, Fernanda F. M. Mazzillo, Patricia A. Conrad, John L. Largier, Jonna A. K. Mazet & Mary W. Silver
Gelatinous polymers including extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) are fundamental to biophysical processes in aquatic habitats, including mediating aggregation processes and functioning as the matrix of biofilms. Yet insight into the impact of these sticky molecules on the environmental transmission of pathogens in the ocean is limited. We used the zoonotic parasite Toxoplasma gondii as a model to evaluate polymer-mediated mechanisms that promote transmission of terrestrially derived pathogens to marine fauna and humans. We show that...
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