The Fifth Joint Symposium and AOAC Task Force Meeting, was held in Baiona, Spain, on June 14-17 2015. The symposium was jointly organized by the Univesity of Vigo, AOAC and CYANOCOST. The Symposium Chair was Dr Ana Gago-Martinez of the Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry, University of Vigo and head of the European Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins which is located in the campus of the University.
The Symposium addressed the state-of-the-art and advances on the field of the analysis of Marine and Freshwater toxins, with regards to new method development, validation and implementation. While previous editions of the Symposium concerned only marine toxins (e.g. saxitoxins, domoic acids, okadaic acids, azaspiracids etc), the 2015 Symposium focused also on freshwater cyanotoxins (e.g. microcystins, cylindrospermopsin, anatoxin, emerging toxins). This was achieve through co-organization with CYANOCOST, plenary presentations by CYANOCOST speakers, participation of CYANOCOST experts in AOAC task-force meeting and discussions between “marine” and “freshwater” experts.
The presentations are available online:
Vitor Vasconcelos (keynote): “Current and emerging methods for the analysis of cyanobacteria toxins: challenges and needs”
Hanna Mazur-Marzec: “Toxins and other bioactive metabolites produced by the Baltic cyanobacteria”
All the Symposium presentations can be found here.