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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Effects of hydrogen peroxide on cyanobacteria and microcystins in irrigation water.

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New research sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of 2,4 DABA neurotoxic effects

A new paper by S. Spacic et al. in Aquatic Toxicology, presents important findings with regards to the mechanisms underlying 2,4-DABA neurotoxicity. From the abstract: “Recent studies suggest that 2,4-DABA, a neurotoxic excitatory amino acid present in virtually all environments, but predominantly in aquatic ecosystems may be a risk factor for development of neurodegenerative diseases … Continue reading New research sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of 2,4 DABA neurotoxic effects

Frontiers topic: Global Intensification of Cyanobacterial Blooms: The Driving Forces and Mitigation Approaches

This Frontiers Research Topic presents research papers and reviews that explore novel approaches expanding our understanding of the development of toxic phytoplankton blooms and their immense performance in a changing environment, with particular focus on Microcystis sp. It aims to address various aspects of cyanobacterial blooms including the following: • abiotic and biotic drivers of … Continue reading Frontiers topic: Global Intensification of Cyanobacterial Blooms: The Driving Forces and Mitigation Approaches

NaToxAq Conference call for abstracts (Brno, 10-12 June 2020)

Natural toxins can pose varying degrees of risk towards ecosystems and even human health. “Natural Toxins: Environmental Fate and Safe Water Supply” is the first international conference focusing solely on the topic of natural compounds affecting the quality of our water resources and drinking water. The conference provides a unique platform to present latest findings … Continue reading NaToxAq Conference call for abstracts (Brno, 10-12 June 2020)

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