Distribution of Toxic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Turkish Waterbodies

A recent paper by Latife Koker et al. (2017) presents results of the ‘SIYANOTOKS’ project that was carried out in Turkey by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Water Management in cooperation with the research group of Prof. Reyhan Akcaalan and Prof. Meric Albay, of Istanbul University, Faculty of Fisheries (now Faculty of Aquatic Sciences).
The project  monitored cyanobacteria and their toxins in 18 selected waterbodies in Turkey: 7 natural lakes, 8 reservoirs, 1 lagoon and 2 coastal and transitional waters
in Turkey. Potentially toxic cyanobacteria species were detected in 14 waterbodies and blooms were observed in 57% of them. A highest concentration of Microcystin-LR eq. was 29.7 μg/l and cylindrospermopsin was 9 μg/l. These results showed that cyanotoxin problems are very common in Turkish surface waters and regulation in drinking and
recreational waters should be implemented. The paper acknowledges CYANOCOST for networking and sharing of knowledge.

Reference: Koker et al. (2017), Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology, 18(2), 425-432. Available on-line (open access). 

1st Announcement ! 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC11)- Krakow, Poland, 5-10 May 2019

Invitation from the Local Organizing Committee of ICTC11 (from ICTC11 website):

The International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC) is a periodic summit of an international community focusing on the study of cyanotoxins and toxic cyanobacteria. Poland was chosen as the venue of the next ICTC11 by the participants of the conference in Wuhan in 2016. The five-day event includes interactive sessions and lively discussion panels which promote active scientific exchange and communication between scientists and students. This event will feature recent findings from leading academic experts in the field in the form of lectures and posters. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience from the experts on the subject and to network with other enthusiasts.

The theme of this year’s ICTC 11 is: “Learning from the past to predict the future”

The event also includes excursions and off-site visits with the aim of giving the participants a wider insight about the heritage of Kraków and Małopolska region. The royal capital city of Kraków is the spiritual centre of Poland with rich heritage. Krakow’s Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district found their place on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978. The city is home to Polish intellectual and artistic elites and is a magnet for the young. Students and young Polish professionals as well as a growing international community are drawn to the city.

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to attend the 11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria to be held in Kraków, Poland from 5 to 10 May, 2019.

Dr. Dariusz Dziga
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

PhD in the Ecology and Chemistry of Cyanobacterial Toxins – Canada

The School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, Canada seeks a doctoral student to study the chemistry and ecology of microcystins in freshwater lakes. Possible areas of research include: development of methods for quantifying microcystins in biological tissues, toxic effects of microcystins on aquatic biota, and analysis of regional and global microcystin data sets.
Supervisors: Dr. Xavier Ortiz and Dr. Diane Orihel.

Deadline for applications: January 5, 2018.

See details about this position here.

Postdoctoral researcher in Limnology specialized in lake modelling in Sweden

Project:  WATexR  a Climate JPI project led by Dr Rafa Marce (ICRA, Gerona, ES)

The Department of Limnology at Uppsala University, Sweden is searching for a Post Doctoral researcher specializing in lake modeling.  The post doc will participate in three projects. Common to all projects is the use mathematical models to predict lake hydrothermal structure and lake water quality.

A full description of the position and application instructions are available at. The deadline for the application is 31 December 2017.

This post was sent by Eleanor Jennings, Chair of NETLAKE.

Job for postdoctoral researcher with ecological modelling and programming skills in Ireland

Project:  WATexR  a Climate JPI project led by Dr Rafa Marce (ICRA, Gerona, ES)

Position location: Marine Institute, Burrishoole, Newport, Co. Mayo working with Dr Elvira de Eyto.

Summary of the Role:

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with Dundalk Institute of Technology (project partners), wishes to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with modelling and programming skills for a period of up to 34 months, who will have a central role in implementing the WATexR research project along with the international project team.  The researcher will be primarily based in the Marine Institute facility at Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland reporting to Dr Elvira de Eyto and also working with Dr Eleanor Jennings (DkIt, IE).

A full description of the job can be downloaded here.

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Updated list of cyanobacteria species associated with the production of cyanotoxins !

A large diversity of cyanobacteria is associated with the production of cyanotoxins. Appendix 2 of the Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis reports an updated list of cyanobacterial species or genera: (i) producing toxin from isolated strains or (ii) suspected to produce toxins, based on data obtained from environmental samples. The original species names assigned (or successively modified) by the indicated authors have been updated following the more recent changes in the taxonomic literature. A selected list of papers describing the presence of different cyanotoxins measured in samples containing cyanobacterial assemblages was also listed.

This list is Open Access and can be downloaded here.


Bernard, C., Ballot, A., Thomazeau, S., Maloufi, S., Furey, A., Mankiewicz-Boczek, J., Pawlik-Skowrońska, B., Capelli, C. and Salmaso, N. (2016) Appendix 2: Cyanobacteria Associated With the Production of Cyanotoxins, in Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis (eds J. Meriluoto, L. Spoof and G. A. Codd), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119068761.app2

PhD position: Predicting the contribution of natural toxins to chemical mixtures in drinking water sources – NaToxAq, Fera Science Ltd., UK

NaToxAq is a multidisciplinary European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 722493 and comprises 21 leading universities, research institutions/agencies, and water enterprises in 7 European countries, which aim to expand insight on natural toxin identity, analysis, fate, dissipation, removal during water treatment, health effects, and risk assessment under the impact of climate change, to ensure safe and healthy waters for European consumers. Further information on the NaToxAq project and consortium partners can be found at:

Fera Science Ltd. (Fera) and the NaToxAq Marie-Curie Initial Training Network offers an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position (PhD Student) – Topic: Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality – From Source to Tap.

The closing date for applications is 05 December 2017.

Details about this position can be found here.

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Join us in a HABs session – SETAC Annual Meeting, Rome, May 2018

 You are invited to submit abstracts for a Session titled “Global Challenge of freshwater and marine harmful algal blooms (HABs): treatment, detection, toxic effects, risk assessment and management” (Session 4.12) within SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting, to be held on 13-17 May 2018, in Rome.

This session on freshwater and marine HABs focuses on:

1) Innovative treatment technologies such as advanced oxidation processes, nanofiltration and nanocomposites.

2) Development of methods for detection and monitoring of HABs and their toxins, including advanced chemical analysis, toxicity assays, molecular and genetic tools, electrochemical, spectroscopic or hyperspectral imaging and microscopic morphology methods and phone/tablet Apps, and instrumental methods such as online sensors providing information about toxicity (e.g., fluorescence, behavior) or field handheld fluorimeters and remote sensing.

3) Studies on toxic effects of HABs in humans and aquatic organisms, and routes of exposure (food web, recreational activities).
4) Risk assessment and risk management of HABs, including development of decision making tools, water safety plans and management practices for prevention and control of HABs and their hazardous impacts. Keywords: harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxins, detection methods, toxicity molecules to organisms, food, water, treatment approaches, natural resource extraction, eutrophication.
The deadline for abstract submissions is 29 November 2017.
View a description of Session 4.12 here.
Access the abstract submission page here.
Access the SETAC Rome 2018 website here.
Download the flyer of Session 4.12 here.
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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.