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 (2016).pdf

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Toxic cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in European waters – A review of CYANOCOST contributions

A review by Meriluoto et al. (Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 2017; 8(1): 161-178) summarizes the outcomes of some recent European research concerning toxic cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, with an emphasis on developments within the framework of the CYANOCOST Action. Highlights of the Action include phycological and ecological studies, development of advanced techniques for cyanotoxin analysis, … Continue reading Toxic cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in European waters – A review of CYANOCOST contributions

Distribution of Toxic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Turkish Waterbodies

A recent paper by Latife Koker et al. (2017) presents results of the ‘SIYANOTOKS’ project that was carried out in Turkey by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Water Management in cooperation with the research group of Prof. Reyhan Akcaalan and Prof. Meric Albay, of Istanbul University, Faculty of Fisheries … Continue reading Distribution of Toxic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Turkish Waterbodies

1st Announcement ! 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC11)- Krakow, Poland, 5-10 May 2019

Invitation from the Local Organizing Committee of ICTC11 (from ICTC11 website): The International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC) is a periodic summit of an international community focusing on the study of cyanotoxins and toxic cyanobacteria. Poland was chosen as the venue of the next ICTC11 by the participants of the conference in Wuhan in 2016. … Continue reading 1st Announcement ! 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC11)- Krakow, Poland, 5-10 May 2019

PhD in the Ecology and Chemistry of Cyanobacterial Toxins – Canada

The School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, Canada seeks a doctoral student to study the chemistry and ecology of microcystins in freshwater lakes. Possible areas of research include: development of methods for quantifying microcystins in biological tissues, toxic effects of microcystins on aquatic biota, and analysis of regional and global microcystin data sets. Supervisors: … Continue reading PhD in the Ecology and Chemistry of Cyanobacterial Toxins – Canada

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