CYANOBOX project – Request for feedback (5min survey)

CYanoBox (ENTERPRISES / 0618/0157) is a 2-year project that aims to develop an autonomous, affordable (cost-effective), easy-to-use, and reliable tool for monitoring cyanobacterial contaminated surface waterbodies. Such a tool will be extremely helpful to local and competent authorities to minimize exposure to the toxic compounds released by the blooms. The Cyprus Research Innovation Centre (Cy-RIC) and the Water Treatment Laboratory-AQUA of the Cyprus University of Technology have partnered for the completion of this project.

I would like to ask you to spend 5 minutes and complete the survey (link and password provided below). This will help us immensely with the system requirements.

Please feel free to share to anyone third party (including water companies and competent authorities). https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CYANOBOX2019

PASSWORD: CYANOBOX

Thank you so much!

Maria G. Antoniou (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology, Water Treatment Laboratory-Aqua

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 .

We also ask you to share this invitation with your colleagues and enthusiastic amateurs.

Sincerely,
Kristel Panksep and the FunAqua core team

Kristel Panksep,

FunAqua project coordinator, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Centre for Limnology, University of Tartu, Institute of Ecology and earth Sciences, Chair of Mycology​

kristel.panksep@emu.ee

GlobalHAB new website launched

The new GlobalHAB website is launched !

From the website:

“The Global Harmful Algal Blooms (GlobalHAB) Programme is an international scientific programme on harmful algal blooms (HABs). It is aimed at fostering and promoting co-operative research directed toward improving the understanding and prediction of HAB events, and providing scientific knowledge to manage and mitigate their impacts against the background of global changes in climate, and increased anthropogenic pressures on aquatic ecosystems. GlobalHAB will address the scientific and societal challenges of HABs through the application of advanced and cost-effective technologies, training and capacity building, with a multidisciplinary approach. It will also build linkages with broader science domains (climatology, toxicology, economy, medicine, public health), emphasize social science communications and address management priorities. GlobalHAB will operate for 10 years from 2016 to 2025.”

Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou and a research team of University of Cincinnati have been awarded an NSF grant to develop sensors for Microcystins.

Dr. Dionysios (Dion) Dionysiou of the University of Cincinnati (UC), member of CYANOCOST, together with co-PIs Dr. William R. Heineman and  Dr. Vesselin Shanov have been granted a National Science Foundation (NSF) award to develop sensors for hepatotoxic Microcystins.  The news is are shared from the UC webpage:

“An interdisciplinary team of University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers has been awarded a $359,951 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop sensors to address a crucial environmental problem in monitoring toxins in water.

“We are honored to receive support from NSF. The award will allow us to continue our research activities and directly advance the knowledge and understanding while also promoting teaching, training and learning at UC. Through this research effort, we look forward to creating vital solutions in the realm of water quality and we hope to get closer to presenting a point-of-care sensor for environmental applications to UC and the scientific community,” said Dr. Dionysios D. Dionysiou, leader and principal investigator of this grant.

This project aims to create nanostructured biosensors for selective identification and quantification of toxins in water. Two outcomes are targeted: 1) demonstrate nanostructured sensors for point-of-use determination of toxic compounds, and 2) validate sensor performance with real-world water samples. The fabricated device will be evaluated for its ability to detect and quantify toxins in natural surface water obtained from various freshwater aquatic systems that experience severe occurrence of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms.”

Congratulations to Dion and co-PIs !!! We are looking forward to receiving results and news from this exciting project !

Read the full post in UC website here.

Vasileia Vogiazi