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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Special Issue “Effects of Harmful Cyanobacteria on Ecosystem Functioning, Food Webs, and Water Quality”- Water, MDPI

Dear Colleagues, Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in frehwaters and partly also in brackish, coastal seas are frequently dominated by cyanobateria. Cyanobacterial blooms are well established as indicators of environmental degradation. Beyond the role as indicators, bloom forming Cyanobacteria by themselves are a serious threat to the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and resources and services provided … Continue reading Special Issue “Effects of Harmful Cyanobacteria on Ecosystem Functioning, Food Webs, and Water Quality”- Water, MDPI

Special Issue: Advancing Knowledge on Cyanobacterial Blooms in Freshwaters – Water-MDPI

Dear Colleagues, Cyanobacterial blooms are a water quality problem that has been widely acknowledged to cause detrimental ecological and economic effects in drinking and recreational waters supplies, and fisheries. There is increasing evidence that cyanobacterial blooms have increased globally and are likely to expand in water resources due to climate change. Of most concern are … Continue reading Special Issue: Advancing Knowledge on Cyanobacterial Blooms in Freshwaters – Water-MDPI

IOC-UNESCO HARMFUL ALGAE NEWS No. 61 is now available!

Harmful Algae News (HAN) is an IOC (UNESCO) newsletter created to respond to the expressed wishes of participants in several IOC workshops on harmful algal blooms, in particular the IOC-SCOR Workshop in Newport, Rhode Island (USA), 2-3 November 1991. Its purpose is to disseminate information on harmful algal events and on research results as well … Continue reading IOC-UNESCO HARMFUL ALGAE NEWS No. 61 is now available!

Request for collaborators – FunAqua project

Dear CyanoCOST Members and colleagues, We are looking for collaborators to a unique global water sampling project with an overall objective to describe the global diversity of aquatic fungi and determine the abiotic drivers of fungal communities. Please find the description of the project : http://pk.emu.ee/en/structure/hydrobiologyandfishery/research/projects/international-projects/funaqua/  Let us know if you are interested in participating by registering in the google sheet … Continue reading Request for collaborators – FunAqua project

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