CYANOCOST : Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management.

Toxigenic cyanobacteria are one of the main health risks associated with European water resources. They produce a wide range of potent toxins with potential health effects on humans and animals exposed to them via raw and treated drinking water, aquaculture, agricultural crop irrigation, tourism and recreation. European research in the field has generated significant risk management capability, although this is regionally unbalanced. The CYANOCOST Network (ES 1105 COST Action) aims to transfer this knowledge and know-how to all European regions: widening awareness, spreading relevant technical competence, and sharing risk management expertise. The Action aims to provide tools to end-users (public authorities, water utilities, aquaculture, tourism and recreation sectors) by pooling and coordinating expertise throughout Europe and to harmonize methods and practices across Europe, thereby protecting public health, enterprises and investments. This Action arrival is extremely timely because new challenges in the field have appeared recently including emerging toxins and cyanobacterial species hitherto unknown in Europe, plus the preparation of new legislation and regulations in some European countries.

CYANOCOST has received funding from COST from 2012 – 2016.

The CYANOCOST page in the COST website contains information about Management Committee members, Participating Countries, the Action Fact Sheet and the Memorandum of Understanding.

The former CYANOCOST.com webpage contains information and material for the 2012-2016 period (not updated).

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CYANOCOST presentation (2018)

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Genotoxic effects of the cyanobacterial pentapeptide nodularin in HepG2 cells

A new paper by Stern et al., published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, provides evidence for ROS-mediated genotoxic effects of Nodularin. From the abstract: “The cyanobacterial pentapeptide nodularin (NOD), mainly produced by genus Nodularia, is a potent inhibitor of protein phosphatases PP1 and PP2A, and causes animal mortality. The few studies available indicate that NOD … Continue reading Genotoxic effects of the cyanobacterial pentapeptide nodularin in HepG2 cells

A review of BMAA and its isomeric amino acids in cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria -based food supplements

A review paper on occurrence of BMAA and related compounds in cyanobacteria and food supplements by was recently published by Manolidi et al. in Journal of Hazardous Materials. “The review critically discusses existing reports regarding the occurrence of BMAA, DAB and AEG in cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria-based food supplements. It is shown that inconsistencies in reported … Continue reading A review of BMAA and its isomeric amino acids in cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria -based food supplements

The European multi-lake survey dataset is published in Scientific Data.

The European Multi Lake Survey (EMLS) in summer 2015 was an initiative among scientists from 27 countries to collect and analyse lake physical, chemical and biological variables in a fully standardized manner. The first product of the European Multi Lake Survey (EMLS) was published by Mantzouki et al. (2018) in Toxins. Following this publication, the … Continue reading The European multi-lake survey dataset is published in Scientific Data.

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