New marine cyanobacteria species found by Cyanolab in Aegean sea

A new paper by Konstantinou et al. from Cyanolab AUTH (Head: Dr. Spyros Gkelis), published in Journal of Phycology. The authors propose a novel marine genus Leptothoe gen. nov. and describe three new sponge-associated species:  Le. sithoniana, Le. kymatousa, and Le.  spongobia, based on a combination of molecular, chemical and morphological approach. The new sponge-associated Leptothoe species show distinct characters compared to other marine Leptolyngbyaceae, reinforcing the investigation of cyanobacterial diversity associated with sponges. Interestingly, Leptothoe spongobia TAU-MAC 1115 isolated from the sponge Acanthella acuta was shown to produce microcystin-RR indicating that microcystin production among marine cyanobacteria could be more widespread than previously determined.

Reference:

Konstantinou, D., Voultsiadou, E., Panteris, E., Zervou, S. K., Hiskia, A., & Gkelis, S. (2019). Leptothoe, a new genus of marine cyanobacteria (Synechococcales) and three new species associated with sponges from the Aegean Sea. Journal of phycology.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jpy.12866

 

ProSynFest 2020 – A conference devoted to marine cyanobacteria – Cordoba, March 2020.

We are pleased to announce ProSynFest2o20 (March 18-21, 2020 in Cordoba, Spain), a conference almost entirely devoted to the marine picocyanobacteria Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus. It starts with an (optional) one-day technical workshop on March 18th. The conference itself lasts 3 days and will gather most world specialists of marine picocyanobacteria.
The conference program is available here: www.prosynfest2020.com/

Yours sincerely,
Dr. F. Partensky, member of the organizing committee

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

Save the date: 19th ICHA October 11-16, 2020. La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

The 19th International Conference on Harmful Algae will take place from the 11th to the 16th of October 2020 in La Paz, BCS, Mexico, being the 2nd ICHA conference held in Latin America. As the last conferences, the 2020 conference will include topics related with the understanding of the causes, evolution and impacts of harmful microalgae and cyanobacteria. We are planning an enjoyable meeting where scientists can present their research, share their ideas, establish new collaborations, and connect the science on harmful algae with the beneficiaries of this research.

La Paz is an ideal city for the meeting where many academic institutes are found. It is a small, secure and quiet city, with beautiful surroundings, which is visited by many international tourists and academics year round. The average temperature in October is between 21 and 34 °C.

For some countries a visa may be required. Please check visa regulations well in advance with your local Mexican Consulate for official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures.

As the major host of the conference, ISSHA will support the event with various activities: Travel awards to students and post-docs, several achievement awards, and ISSHA auction.

Looking forward to seeing you in La Paz, Mexico!

The Organizing Committee,

www.icha2020.com

“Mitigation of cyanobacteria in lakes by dilute hydrogen peroxide”- Dr Petra Visser at NCSR Demokritos

Dr Petra Visser is giving a lecture on “Mitigation of cyanobacteria in lakes by dilute hydrogen peroxide” in the Library Hall of NCSR Demokritos, on 21st March 2019 at 13:00.

Dr Petra Visser is Associate Professor in the Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include physiology and ecology of cyanobacteria and algae, toxic cyanobacteria, eutrophication, water management, macroalgae, benthic cyanobacterial mats, coral reefs. She has carried out pioneering work on the use of hydrogen peroxide for selective suppression of harmful cyanobacteria in entire lakes. Among others, she has been Leader of the Working Group “Prevention and Control of Toxic Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins” of the CYANOCOST network and Editor of a recent Special Issue on “Cyanobacterial blooms – Ecology, prevention, mitigation and control” in Aquatic Ecology.

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Training on the preservation of cyanobacteria – September 2019, Belgium

Dear CYANOCOST members,

The Belgian Consortium of Culture Collections of Microorganisms is organizing a training on the preservation of bacteria, cyanobacteria or microalgae from the 17th to 20th of September 2019 as explained by the PDF in attachment.

More details on the programme are given on the website  : http://bccm.belspo.be/content/bccm-training-venue-and-accommodation
Note that this training is modular, with a main ‘hands on’ training of 3 days on one type of biological material and one optional day dedicated either to another type of biological material (demos) or to a seminar on the practical management of culture collections (including Quality Management System and the legal requirements) or a seminar on gene technology tools.

If you know scientists who could be interested, please forward them the information!

Download: BCCM_training_annoncement

Many thanks and best regards,

Annick Wilmotte
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Erasmus International CYano-week (EIC), Cyprus, 19-22 March 2019

Dear All,

The Water Treatment Laboratory-AQUA of the Cyprus University of Technology cordially invites academic staff and researchers to its Erasmus International CYano-week (EIC) which is the 1st Symposium on Harmful Cyanobacteria in Cyprus. EIC-week will take place in Limassol, Cyprus, between 19-22 March 2019 under the Erasmus+ Exchange programme for both Teaching Staff (STA) and Staff Training (STT) mobilities. During this event, innovations in the field of toxic cyanobacteria will be presented by leading scientists whereas all participants are invited to present their studies and experience with cyanobacteria and their toxins in a short lecture.

The purpose of EIC-week is to gather scientists from Erasmus partner universities to share their knowledge on Cyanobacteria and their Toxic Metabolites while providing an excellent international learning environment and promoting networking among participants and students. During this week, host organization and participants are invited to give a scientific presentation on their research activities related on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. Event participants will be asked to deliver a 20-minute presentation and a short presentation (approx. 10 min) about the Erasmus Opportunities that their home institution offers to the students and academic personnel of CUT. To be compatible with the requirements of the Erasmus+ Week program, both presentations are important if the participant is coming from an Erasmus partner university.

TOPICS

  • Detection and identification of cyanobacterial species
  • Detection and identification of cyanobacterial metabolites
  • Ιn-Situ Treatment for cyano-HABs control
  • Utilization of cyanobacterial biomass for useful products
  • Cyanotoxins and Food Safety
  • Monitoring and restoration of cyanobacterial contaminated sites
  • Ecology of cyanobacteria
  • Toxicity of cyanobacteria and their metabolites
  • Removal of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins from water treatment plants
  • Health effects and exposure to cyanotoxins

Abstract Deadline is 10th March 2019 (Click here for abstract template)

Besides the “1st Symposium on Harmful Cyanobacteria in Cyprus”, attendees will have the opportunity to participate to field sampling events in cyanobacterial contaminated sites in Cyprus, a workshop on in-situ treatments for cyano-HABs mitigation and meetings with companies (Cyprus Research and Innovation Center -CYRIC) that engage in research activities related to cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. (Click here for preliminary program)

It is important to note, that there is no participation fee to this event. The CYano-Week is eligible for funding under the Erasmus mobility KA1 programme. Participants should contact the Erasmus Office and request to cover their mobility expenses either through training (no need to have a signed Erasmus agreement between the universities) or through teaching (need for a signed agreement and presentation is mandatory) . Anyone that wants to join CYanoWeek on its own expenses is more than welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you in Cyprus,

Maria G. Antoniou (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Water Treatment Laboratory-Aqua

http://wtl-aqua.weebly.com/

https://cyanoscyfr.weebly.com/

Corner of Athinon and Anexartisias 57, PO Box: 50329, 3036 Lemesos, Cyprus, Tel: +357 25002277, Fax: +357 25002842, Email: maria.antoniou@cut.ac.cy , www.cut.ac.cy

A review of BMAA and its isomeric amino acids in cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria -based food supplements

A review paper on occurrence of BMAA and related compounds in cyanobacteria and food supplements by was recently published by Manolidi et al. in Journal of Hazardous Materials.

“The review critically discusses existing reports regarding the occurrence of BMAA, DAB and AEG in cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria-based food supplements. It is shown that inconsistencies in reported results could be attributed to performance of different methods of extraction and analysis applied and in ambiguities regarding determination of soluble and bound fractions of the compounds. The critical aspect of this review aims to grow awareness of human intake of neurotoxic amino acids, while results presented in literature concerning dietary supplements aim to promote further research, quality control as well as development of guidelines for cyanotoxins in food products.”

The review paper acknowledges CYANOCOST.

Reference:

Korina Manolidi, Theodoros M. Triantis, Triantafyllos Kaloudis, Anastasia Hiskia (2019). Neurotoxin BMAA and its isomeric amino acids in cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria-based food supplements. Journal of Hazardous Materials 365, 346-365. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.10.084

2nd Announcement : ICTC11, Krakow, 5-10 May 2019

We would like to inform you of the second announcement and invite all of you to attend the “11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria” (ICTC 11), which will be held in Kraków, Poland, from 5 to 10 May 2019. All those interested in ICTC 11 will find detailed information about the conference at http://www.ictc11.org.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2019.

Dariusz Dziga
Iwona Jasser
Mikołaj Kokociński
Joanna Mankiewicz-Boczek
Hanna Mazur-Marzec
Barbara Pawlik-Skowrońska

Local Organizing Committee