Research position in aquatic ecology and metagenomics – Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

The Fondazione Edmund Mach – Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige is looking for 1 temporary position for 30 months as Researcher (R4) in the field of aquatic ecology and metagenomic in the framework of the project ASP569 Eco-AlpsWater (250_CRI_AE).

The candidate will collaborate with the FEM researchers involved in the project Eco-AlpsWater during the activities of collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) samples, bioinformatic analysis of metagenomic data, statistical analysis of biological and environmental data. Moreover, the candidate will support the coordinator (N. Salmaso) in all the activities connected with the management of the project.

DEADLINE for applications: September 16, 2018

Call and application materials:

Cyanobacterial effects in Lake Ludoš, Serbia – Is preservation of a degraded aquatic ecosystem justified?

From the abstract of a recent paper by Tokodi et al. (2018), in Science of the Total Environment:

Cyanobacteria are present in many aquatic ecosystems in Serbia. Lake Ludoš, a wetland area of international significance and an important habitat for waterbirds, has become the subject of intense research interest because of practically continuous blooming of cyanobacteria. Analyses of water samples indicated a deterioration of ecological condition and water quality, and the presence of toxin-producing cyanobacteria (the most abundant Limnothrix redekei, Pseudanabaena limnetica, Planktothrix agardhii and Microcystis spp.). Furthermore, microcystins were detected in plants and animals from the lake: in macrophyte rhizomes (Phragmites communis, Typha latifolia and Nymphaea elegans), and in the muscle, intestines, kidneys, gonads and gills of fish (Carassius gibelio). Moreover, histopathological deleterious effects (liver, kidney, gills and intestines) and DNA damage (liver and gills) were observed in fish. A potential treatment for the reduction of cyanobacterial populations employing hydrogen peroxide was tested during this study. The treatment was not effective in laboratory tests although further in-lake trials are needed to make final conclusions about the applicability of the method. Based on our observations of the cyanobacterial populations and cyanotoxins in the water, as well as other aquatic organisms and, a survey of historical data on Lake Ludoš, it can be concluded that the lake is continuously in a poor ecological state. Conservation of the lake in order to protect the waterbirds (without urgent control of eutrophication) actually endangers them and the rest of the biota in this wetland habitat, and possibly other ecosystems. Thus, urgent measures for restoration are required, so that the preservation of this Ramsar site would be meaningful.


Nada Tokodi, Damjana Drobac, Jussi Meriluoto, Jelena Lujić, Zoran Marinović, Tamara Važić, Sonja Nybom, Jelica Simeunović, Tamara Dulić, Gospava Lazić, Tamaš Petrović, Branka Vuković-Gačić, Karolina Sunjog, Stoimir Kolarević, Margareta Kračun-Kolarević, Gordana Subakov-Simić, Branko Miljanović, Geoffrey A. Codd, Zorica Svirčev,
Cyanobacterial effects in Lake Ludoš, Serbia – Is preservation of a degraded aquatic ecosystem justified?. Science of The Total Environment, Volume 635, 2018, Pages 1047-1062,


Summer course “Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology- San Michele all’Adige, Italy, June 2018

The second edition of the summer course “Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology: New perspectives in Metagenomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic applications in the study of aquatic ecosystems” will be held between the 25th and 29th of June 2018 at S. Michele all’Adige (Italy). All information and detailed program can be found in:

The summer course flyer van be downloaded here.


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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.

(This post was shared by Eleanor Jennings, Chair of NETLAKE).

IRSAE Summer School: Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology, Trento, 26-30 June 2017

An invitation by Nico Salmaso, (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Trento, Italy):

IRSAE Summer School :

Integrating ‘Omics’ Technologies into Aquatic Ecology. New perspectives in Metagenomic, Metabolomic and Bioinformatic applications in the study of aquatic ecosystems.

The course is aimed to provide both the theoretical foundations and examples of applications of the “Omics” in aquatic ecology, with a focus on the genetic analysis of genomes (metagenomics), proteins and metabolites (proteomics, metabolomics) in biological and environmental aquatic samples. These topics are relevant not only for the advancement of freshwater ecology, but also for the monitoring and management of water resources and the associated biological communities.

Where: S. Michele all’Adige, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige (FEM), Trento, Italy.

Local responsibles for the course: Nico Salmaso (FEM, Hydrobiology) , Claudio Donati (Computational Biology)

Deadline for registrations is 4th June, 2017.

You can download the Flyer and see more details in the Website of the Summer School.

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