Keynote speakers announced: Michael Quilliam and Olivier Ploux – 6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis”

Keynote speakers of the 6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis” were announced:

Michael Quilliam
  • Michael A. Quilliam (NRC Canada) will talk on “Recent Developments in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry of Algal Toxins” on 23 October 2017.
Olivier Ploux
  • Olivier Ploux (Chimie ParisTech) will talk on “Anatoxin-a and analogs: occurrence, biosynthesis and detection” on 24 October 2017.

The Symposium will take place in Baiona, Spain, on 22-25 October 2017. See more details in the Symposium Website and details of the keynote speakers here.


Doctoral Researcher (m/f) Exploring the Role of Light in Microalgal-Pathogen Interactions – Germany

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are offering an international graduate training programme. The International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena) gives doctoral researchers the possibility to prepare for their PhD exam in an ambitious program providing excellent research conditions.

Details for this position in the Euraxess page.

Answer to an annoying question: How many microcystin and nodularin congeners reported so far?

Ever wonder how many microcystin and nodularin congeners are reported in the literature so far? This question always pops up when writing your paper’s introduction or preparing your next presentation ? Where you embarrassed when you thought “about 70” and a reviewer commented “please review and cite…”?

Take a guess : 80 ? Maybe 100 ? or 150 ? More ???

Click the “link to the answer” below and you will be surprised !

The link takes you to the “Tables of Microcystins and Nodularins”, compiled by Lisa Spoof and Arnaud Catherine for the “Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis” recently published by Wiley. The tables contain the most updated list of reported MCs and NODs.

The link to the answer.

Now you have both the correct number and the citation !


Published ! CYANOCOST Special Issue in AIOL (open access)

The CYANOCOST special issue in Advances in Oceanography and Limnology (AIOL) is a collection of 13 papers  grouped under six thematic topics that resulted from international collaboration within CYANOCOST. There was a great interest for this Themed Issue expressed by numerous authors across Europe. We believe that many of the articles will have long-lasting usefulness for the CYANOCOST community as well as for a broad audience of international researchers and experts.

The topics of the AIOL issue are:

– Cyanobacteria occurrence

– Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin environmental occurrence and monitoring

– Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in drinking water – occurrence, monitoring, removal methods

– Cyanotoxin detection techniques

– Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins long term monitoring/reviews for specific geographical regions

The collection also includes a Review/synoptic paper of CYANOCOST research.

We want to acknowledge and congratulate the four Guest Editors of this Themed Issue, Pavel Babica, Camilla Capelli, Damjana Drobac and Spyros Gkelis, for their highly professional editorial work. The Co-Editor in-Chief of Advances in Oceanography and Limnology Nico Salmaso is cordially thanked for his help and goodwill in realizing the Themed Issue.

The Special Issue is  open access. The papers can be viewed and downloaded here.



PhD Student: Fluorometry for Rapid Eutrophication Status and Cyanobacteria Assessment (FRESCA)-UK

This PhD research will include laboratory and field experiments and numerical simulations to support the interpretation of the fluorescence signals from mixed phytoplankton communities. You will work with bio-optics experts at the Plymouth Marine laboratory, where you will be based. You will join field campaigns in the UK and abroad with the LOCHS group of the University of Stirling, where you will also be registered for your PhD studies. This work will feed into the design of prototype sensors developed by industrial partner Chelsea Technologies Group. You will test these prototypes and be involved in the fine – tuning of the design. You will spend a period of three months working alongside the instrument developers and scientists of CTG.
See details for of this PhD studentship here.

Breaking news ! Publication of “Molecular Tools for the Detection and Identification of Toxigenic Cyanobacteria” from CYANOCOST-Wiley

This book (link to Wiley) is designed as a handbook describing the molecular monitoring of toxigenicity and diversity of cyanobacteria in surface waters including lakes, rivers, drinking water reservoirs but also in food supplements. This handbook, edited by Rainer Kurmayer, Kaarina Sivonen, Annick Wilmotte and Nico Salmaso is the first one of its type providing up-to-date overviews plus the necessary scientific basis for the subsequent use of molecular tools, qualitative and quantitative analyses and the interpretation of the results.

Although genetic methods are only able to indicate the potential of toxin synthesis it is possible that molecular detection tools will also support risk assessment in the future. On the other hand if the cyanobacteria do not have genes for toxin production they are not able to produce a specific toxin. The use of molecular tools in monitoring comprises (i) Early warning (i.e. waterbodies bearing a risk in toxic bloom formation could be identified early on in the growing season possibly assisting in an economically more efficient application of cyanotoxin detection techniques), (ii) Understanding environmental drivers (i.e. early identification of toxigenic genotype occurrence may lead to a more detailed recording of environmental factors potentially influencing the abundance of toxigenic genotypes), (iii) Identifying toxigenic cyanobacteria (i.e. by sequencing of PCR amplified DNA fragments indicative of cyanotoxin synthesis).

44 standardized operational protocols (SOPs) written by 37 scientists participating in the CYANOCOST network describe the steps of water (food supplement) sampling (six protocols), cyanobacterial strain isolation and purification (six protocols) and taxonomic assignment (two protocols), nucleic acid extraction (eight protocols) and downstream analysis including conventional PCR (nine protocols) as well as qPCR (eight protocols) but also diagnostic and transcriptomic microarray (two protocols), genotyping (one protocol) and community characterization by Next Generation Sequencing techniques (two protocols). A list of toxic strains containing the respective target genes and which are available through international culture collections has been compiled and will serve as reference materials and control measures to make sure that a specific molecular method works. Finally the application of molecular tools is reviewed with regard to environmental samples but also with regard to quality control in microalga biomass production.

The handbook is intended to be used by trained professionals analyzing cyanobacterial toxigenicity and diversity in water samples in the laboratory in both academic and governmental institutions, as well as technical offices and agencies which are in charge of water body surveillance and monitoring. Students will learn important methods’ standards of essential protocols including steps from sampling until results evaluation.

Download a flyer of the two published CYANOCOST books here.

Scientist/curator for coordinating and developing R&D activities and management of the cyanobacteria collection – Belgium

The ULC collection is one of 7 decentralized biological resource centers integrated within the Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) ( The consortium with complementary expertise offers high quality microbial and genetic
resources as well as a broad-ranging service portfolio and scientific expertise for industry and academia. BCCM runs a multi-site ISO 9001 quality management system. The ULC collection is specialised in cyanobacteria (

There is an open position for a Scientist/curator for coordinating and
developing R&D activities and management of the cyanobacteria collection.

All applications must be received no later than 07/09/2017 at 23:59 (CET) at

Download details for this position here.

For more information, you can contact Dr Annick Wilmotte in the e-mail above.





Research positions in Italy: “CYAnobacteria platform Optimised for bioproduction – CYAO”

The CNR-Istituto Biofisica and the CNR Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi in Italy, are seeking for 3 researchers to work on:

  1. Characterisation of the photosynthetic performance of metabolically engineered cyanobacterial strains. Euraxess Link
  2. Limnological analysis and characterization of algal photosynthetic pigment with special reference to their carotenoids composition based on HPLC analysis. Euraxess Link
  3. Characterisation of the photosynthetic performance and biochemical composition of metabolically engineered cyanobacterial strain. Euraxess link

6th International Symposium “Marine and Freshwater Toxins Analysis” 22-25 October, Baiona- Extended Deadlines

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that we have posted information on the Symposium Website regarding extended the deadlines for (Early) Registration and Abstract Submission until September 15th. Please mark these new dates in your calendars !!!!

For updated information please visit our website :

You can download the flyer of the Symposium here.

We would like also to inform that those who are not able to make the payment  through paypal, they can do it by Bank Transfer. For information about the Bank Account details, please contact:

Also please make sure you make your reservations for accommodation in the Talaso Atlantico as soon as possible to make sure they will have availability.
For information related with the Symposium, please contact us through the above email address.

Looking forward to seeing you in Baiona in October

Organizing Committee

PostDoc position : Microalgae cultivation and processing (Zurich, Switzerland)

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing group uses a combination of emerging food safety approaches, microalgae processing and life cycle sustainability assessment to target fundamental challenges in food science and society such as food security.
They are recruiting by mutual agreement a PostDoc – Microalgae cultivation and processing.
They are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with an international food company that aims at developing targeted algae cultivation and processing of certain green algae species. Of particular interest are innovative process applications based on advanced cell stress induction, disintegration, separation, conversion and stabilisation techniques. The aligned analysis of the structural changes during up- and downstream is key for an optimised food concept development.
See more details details in the Euraxess page for this position.