WRF webcast: Development of a Risk Communication Tool Kit for Cyanotoxins (June 27, 2017)

Water Research Foundation (WRF) webcast:

Development of a Risk Communication Tool Kit for Cyanotoxins

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
3pm-4pm ET
(2pm-3pm CT, 1pm-2pm MT, 12pm-1pm PT)

Do you need to communicate the potential risk of cyanotoxins in drinking water? While some communication tools and resources for utilities have been developed, utilities and the customers that they serve need additional targeted messages and materials. This webcast will discuss the findings of WRF project #4697, Development of a Risk Communication Toolkit for Cyanotoxins. Listeners will learn about specific attributes of the cyanotoxin risk management framework that can create potential communication barriers, for example the complexity of the EPA health guidance and the uncertainty inherent in monitoring and testing timing and protocol. Listeners will also be introduced to the linguistic research carried out during the project, which was used to develop recommended health advisory/alert language. This Webcast is designed to provide listeners with the necessary knowledge to develop and deliver effective cyanotoxin risk communications.


Tarrah Henrie, Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC
Karen Raucher, Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC

Alice Fulmer, Senior Research Manager, Water Research Foundation

Register here.


Decision Support Tool for the development of a setting-specific strategy from catchment to consumer against the occurrence of cyanotoxins in drinking-water

A decision support tool (DST) for the development of a system-specific strategy to avoid the occurrence of cyanotoxins in drinking water has been developed by the German Environment Agency (UBA). The DST is available on-line at the CYANOCENTER-UBA website.

This DST has been developed for:

  1. Water suppliers interested in assessing the cyanotoxin risk in their supply system.
  2. Public health authorities responsible for surveillance who suspect a cyanotoxin risk in water supply system(s) and/or via exposure activities, such as recreation.
  3. Environmental authorities planning a risk assessment or measures for water-body management and who are interested in a prognosis of the water-body’s reaction in relation to cyanobacterial proliferation.

“This DST is based on results from several projects on toxic cyanobacteria funded by the Ministry for Education and Science (Germany) and the European Union (e.g. PEPCY, NOSTOTOX, CYANOCOST) and has been developed during these projects by Verena Niesel, Jutta Fastner, Wolfgang Wenzel and Ingrid Chorus from the Federal Environmental Agency, Berlin. The support of Geoffrey Codd especially with the English version is gratefully acknowledged.” (From the CYANOCENTER-UBA website).

You can access the DST here.



Toxins Special Issue “Causes, Consequences and Control of Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Changing World”

Toxins, an Open Access Toxinology Journal is preparing a special issue titled “Causes, Consequences and Control of Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Changing World”.

Guest Editor : Prof. Dr. Miquel Lürling (Aquatic Ecology & Water Quality Management Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

“This Special Issue invites manuscripts on all aspects dealing with cyanobacterial blooms in a changing world: from warming, eutrophication, carbon dioxide, salinity, brownification effects on cyanobacteria and/or their toxins via biotic interactions such as competition, predation, parasitism, and so on, to techniques mitigating cyanobacterial biomass and controlling toxins. Contributions from areas of the planet underrepresented in the scientific literature are particularly welcome.” Prof. Dr. Miquel Lürling, Guest Editor.

See more details in the Special Issue page.


2 Research Grants in the framework of the European Project “CYANOBESITY”, at CIIMAR, Portugal

A competition is open for the attribution of 2 Research Grants in the framework of the European Project “CYANOBESITY – Cyanobacteria as a source of bioactive compounds with effects on obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities”,  within the R&D Institution CIIMAR (Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research), supported by the FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal).

The candidates must hold a MSc in a discipline related to Biological Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Pharmacology etc) and be available to proceed for a PhD candidature during the course of the project.

More details in the euraxess page of this call.

Join us in the “Algae Toxins” Satellite Event in ICCE2017, Oslo.

The American Chemical Society – Division of Environmental Chemistry (ACSenvr) and CYANOCOST are organizing a

Satellite Event : “Algae Toxins-Methods and Challenges”

within the International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE2017).

Date: 18 June 2017, Location: University of Oslo, Campus Blidern, Oslo, Norway.


Bryan Brooks (Baylor Univ., USA), Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou (Univ. of Cincinnati, USA), George P. Cobb (Baylor Univ., USA), Triantafyllos Kaloudis (EYDAP SA, Greece).

The flyer of the event can be downloaded here.

The program can be downloaded here.

NOMORFILM E-learning course 2017: Microalgal-based solutions to combat microbial biofilms

Announcement taken from the NOMORFILM website:

Microalgal-based solutions to combat microbial films is an e-learning course composed of 15 lessons that will comprehend multiple aspects of the research and technical processes to develop new antimicrobial compounds from microalgae.

Those that will take this course will learn about the formation of biofilms and their impact in relation to human health in special in hospital environment and the use of pigs as models of human infectious diseases. This will contextualize the need for new strategies for antibiotics discovery and the methods to determine antibiotics activities will be presented.
Microalgae (including cyanobacteria) are a promising source on novel bioactives with antimicrobial activity, so this course will present several lessons on microalgae diversity and conservation, methods to isolate, identify and culture microalgae and cyanobacteria and regulations related to access benefit sharing for the exploitation of these biological resources.
Microalgae biomass will be the basis for the discovery of new bioactives, so the course will teach how to elucidate the structure of new compounds by NMR and then how to use nanoparticles to produce materials that can prevent biofilm formation.
This course is suitable for trainees with different backgrounds that want to know more or start to understand the different aspects of microalgae-based solutions to prevent biofilms.

See more details in the NOMORFILM E-learning course page.

EPA’s Tools for Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Freshwater Systems – Webinar

Join an USEPA Office of Science and Technology Webinar on:

EPA’s Tools for Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Freshwater Systems

Pre-registration is not required. Please sign in as guest with your name and organization.

Agenda, presenters bios, and presentations will be posted before the webinar here:

DATE:  Tuesday, June 6th, 2017  TIME: 11:00 – 1:30pm EST


Adobe Log-in:

Audio: Computer audio (VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol), or by phone 866-299-3188; 2025661125#


EPA CyanoHABs Website:


This webinar will focus on various EPA tools and resources that can be used by public water systems, state environment and health agencies, tribes, and local governments who may benefit from the use of these tools to manage cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in drinking and recreational water.

This post was shared by Dr. Lesley D’Anglada, USEPA.


Webinar on Success Stories of HABs Prevention, Control and Management Techniques – 23 May 2017

Join the Inland HABs Discussion Group Webinar on Success Stories of HABs Prevention, Control and Management Techniques.

Pre-registration is not required. Please sign in as guest with your name and organization. Agenda, presenters bios, and presentations are posted here.

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 23th, 2017  at 11:30am – 1:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Webinar Access:


11:30-11:40pm: Updates from CDC, USGS, and USEPA Lorrie Backer, CDC, Keith Loftin, USGS, Lesley D’Anglada, USEPA

11:40-12:00 : Floating Wetlands for Treatment of Urban and Agricultural Runoff in Virginia David J. Sample, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA

12:00-12:20 Mitigation of Maryland Cyanobacteria Blooms:  Barely Straw, Clay Flocculation, Peroxide, and Permanganate Kevin Sellner, Senior Scholar, Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies Hood College, MD

12:20-12:40 Pinto Lake: Progress Towards a Healthier Community Lake Jackie McCloud, Sr. Utilities Engineer, City of Watsonville, CA

12:40-1:00 Leaky Cyanobacterial Cells and Algaecide Treatments: A Look at the Data and Implications for Decision Making John Rodgers, Jr., Professor, Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Clemson University, SC

1:00-1:20 Choosing a Remediation Approach: A Case Study Based in First Principles and Mass Balance David A. Caron, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

1:20-1:30 – Q&A and Discussion

1:30pm – Adjourn

For more information please visit the Inland HABs Discussion group webpage here:

This post was shared by Dr. Lesley D’Anglada, USEPA



Two summer jobs in genetic engineering and RNA sequencing of cyanobacteria, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Biotechnology offers a curriculum that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Biotechnology, integrating theoretical and applied science in undergraduate and graduate courses. The school has six departments with about 300 employees, located at AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm and Science for Life Laboratory in Solna. The Biotechnology research within the school is internationally well recognized.

Two summer job positions are offered by KTH:

  1. Genetic engineering of cyanobacteria: The applicant will perform molecular cloning of expression vectors in cyanobacteria. Applicant will perform CRISPR/Cas-based gene editing in cyanobacteria. Applicant will characterize mutant strains using bioreactor cultivation.

See the Euraxess page for info about this job.

2. RNA sequencing of cyanobacteria: The applicant will perform cultivation, RNA extraction, and RNA sequencing of cyanobacteria strains. The applicant will perform analysis of RNA sequencing data.

See the Euraxess page for info about this job.

Deadline for applications: 30 May 2017



Two PhD students are recruited to work in the BRAIN-BE project MICROBIAN at the Universities of Ghent and Liège, Belgium – including field campaigns in the Antarctic !

Project In the BelSPO funded MICROBIAN project (Microbiome diversity and function in the Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica), coordinated by the Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology, remote sensing analysis of soil crusts in a high latitude cold desert will be combined with field experiments and metagenomics studies to map their spatial distribution, community composition and metabolic capabilities. In addition, phylogenetic and physiological studies will be conducted on newly isolated bacteria and cyanobacteria, known to be present and highly abundant in the region from previous metagenomics analyses.

Your tasks will be organized to design two complementary theses:

  1. Participation to field campaigns to the Antarctic. The first campaign is planned for Dec. 2017 – Jan. 2018 and includes sample collection for DNA and RNA analyses, mapping of soil crusts using drones and in situ measurements (i.a. PAM fluorometry), setting up and maintaining of field experiments.
  2. Library preparation for amplicon and shotgun based metagenomics and subsequent bioinformatics data analysis.
  3. Isolation, cultivation, phenotyping and genotyping of Polar microorganisms using a range of growth conditions.
  4. Analysis and interpretation of remote sensing data and georeferencing and mapping of sampling locations.

Deadline for applications is 28 May 2017.

Visit the Euraxess webpage of this job offer for more information.