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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Cyanotoxins in Bloom – Special Issue, Toxins

Dear colleagues, The open access journal Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651, IF 3.895) is pleased to announce that we have launched a new Special Issue entitled: “Cyanotoxins in Bloom: Ever-Increasing Occurrence and Global Distribution of Freshwater Cyanotoxins from Planktic and Benthic Cyanobacteria”. We are serving as Guest Editors for this issue. We would like to cordially invite … Continue reading Cyanotoxins in Bloom – Special Issue, Toxins

New microginins from cyanobacteria of Greek lakes

The first report of microginins isolated from cyanobacteria of Greek lakes was published by Zervou et al. in Chemosphere. As many as 36 new structures of microginins were elucidated with MS/MS techniques. The work was supported by a CYANOCOST STSM grant of Sevasti Zervou (NCSR Demokritos) to Hanna Mazur-Marzec (University of Gdansk). The paper acknowledges … Continue reading New microginins from cyanobacteria of Greek lakes

Peptide patterns of Nostoc-like strains from alkali grassland areas

A paper by Riba et al. in Algal Research reports the chemotyping of terrestrial Nostoc-like isolates from alkali grassland areas by non-targeted peptide analysis. From the Abstract: The Nostoc genus is a well-known heterocytous, filamentous cyanobacterium which can be found all over the world. The size of terrestrial and/or freshwater colonies can be microscopic and … Continue reading Peptide patterns of Nostoc-like strains from alkali grassland areas

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

A new paper by Spoof et al. in Environmental Science and Pollution Research reports a series of experiments where lysis of cyanobacteria in abstracted lake water was induced by the use of hydrogen peroxide. From the abstract: This paper reports a series of experiments where lysis of cyanobacteria in abstracted lake water was induced by … Continue reading Effects of hydrogen peroxide on cyanobacteria and microcystins in irrigation water.

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