The European Multi Lake Survey (EMLS) in summer 2015 was an initiative among scientists from 27 countries to collect and analyse lake physical, chemical and biological variables in a fully standardized manner. The first product of the European Multi Lake Survey (EMLS) was published by Mantzouki et al. (2018) in Toxins. Following this publication, the dataset of in-situ lake variables along with nutrient, pigment and cyanotoxin data of 369 lakes in Europe, is now published in Scientific Data (Mantzouki et al. 2018). The data can be found and downloaded from the Environmental Data Portal (EDI). EMLS was coordinated by Evi Manzouki and Bas Ibelings from the University of Geneva, and supported by COST Actions Netlake and CYANOCOST.
- E. Mantzouki et al. (2018). A European Multi Lake Survey dataset of environmental variables, phytoplankton pigments and cyanotoxins. Scientific Data 5, 180226. https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2018.226 .
- Data citation: Mantzouki, E. et al. (2018). Environmental Data Initiative https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/dabc352040fa58284f78883fa9debe37
CYANOCOST wishes you a great holiday season and a wonderful and productive 2019 !
The September-October 2018 issue of CYANOnews is out !
It features, among others, an overview of the CyanoTracker project, open special issues related to cyano-research, new papers acknowledging CYANOCOST, job offers and forthcoming events.
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The next issue will come out in the end of November. You are welcome to send us any posts and info to be included in CYANOnews and in our media (website, facebook, twitter).
Looking forward to ICHA2018 in Nantes,
The summer 2018 edition of CYANonews is now available. It features new research, tools and related info, forthcoming events, job and research positions.
You can download it here.
Best wishes from CYANOCOST, for summer holidays in clear waters !
Abstract from a recent paper by E. Mantzouki & B. Ibelings, published in Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin (ASLO):
On‐going global warming and eutrophication are expected to promote cyanobacterial dominance worldwide. Although increased lake temperature and nutrients are well‐established drivers of blooms, the mechanisms that determine cyanobacterial biomass are complex, with potentially direct, indirect, and interactive effects. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins that constitute a considerable risk for animal and human health and thus a substantial economic cost if we are to ensure safe drinking water. Such global range phenomena should be studied at a wide spatial scale, to directly compare phytoplankton response in different lake types across contrasting climatic zones. The European Multi Lake Survey (EMLS) sought to harness the power of group science in order to sample lakes across Europe and disentangle the effect of environmental stressors on potentially toxic cyanobacterial blooms. The first EMLS results showed that the distribution of cyanobacterial toxins and the toxic potential in lakes will be highly dependent on direct and indirect effects of temperature. If nutrients are not regulated, then they may interact synergistically with increased lake temperatures to promote cyanobacterial growth more than that of other phytoplankton taxa. Providing continental scale evidence is highly significant for the development of robust models that could predict cyanobacterial or algal response to environmental change.
Mantzouki, E. and Ibelings, B. W. (2018), The Principle and Value of the European Multi Lake Survey. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. . doi:10.1002/lob.10259
Abstract of a paper from a collaboration within CYANCOST (Armenia, USA, Greece), that was authored by Minasyan et al. and published in Toxicon:
“This paper presents the first report of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins from the South Caucasus region, in particular from Lake Yerevan (Armenia). Microcystis, Dolichospermum and Planktothrix were the key genera identified during the growing season. A trend of a remarkable increase in cyanobacterial densities was observed from 2012 to 2013 exhibiting bloom formation in June (by Nostoc linckia) with the highest values in June and August 2013, reaching up to 695.9*103 cells mL−1. Seasonal dependence of cyanobacterial density on temperature, and temperature as a driver for cyanobacterial cells growth and development were suggested. Biogenic nutrients were identified as co-drivers determining species richness and dominance, as well as the distribution of phytoplankton in different parts of the reservoir.
Cyanotoxin concentrations in the filtered biomass were reported during July 2012 for both stations of the reservoir (left and right bank). Microcystin-RR (MC-RR) was the most abundant and the most frequently observed cyanotoxin. Lower MC-LR concentrations were identified in all samples from both stations, with the highest values observed at the right bank in July 2012. [D-Asp3]MC-RR, MC-YR, MC-HtyR, [D-Asp3]MC-LR, MC-HilR, MC-WR, MC-LY and MC-LW were also identified in trace levels. Anatoxin-a (ANA) was reported in the samples from both stations during August 2012. Cylindrospermopsin (CYN) was present in trace concentrations in samples from both stations during July and in the sample from the left bank during September.”
This paper acknowledges CYANOCOST.
Arevik Minasyan, Christophoros Christophoridis, Alan E. Wilson, Sevasti-Kiriaki Zervou, Triantafyllos Kaloudis, Anastasia Hiskia (2018). Diversity of cyanobacteria and the presence of cyanotoxins in the epilimnion of Lake Yerevan (Armenia). Toxicon 150, 28-38.
The Steering Group (SG) of CYANOCOST has submitted comments to the European Commission about the inclusion of MC-LR in the proposed revision of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD). Based on the facts presented in this response the SG proposes the inclusion of all microcystins in the Drinking Water Guideline in the following manner: the reference to the parameter “microcystin-LR” in the proposed Drinking Water Directive should be replaced by “sum of all detected microcystin variants”. The parametric value should stay at 1.0 µg/l.
You can read the CYANOCOST comments in the EC webpage (download the file with feedback).
The March-April issue of CYANOnews is out !
It features –among others- a presentation of US EPA activities, MC-LR in the new Drinking Water Directive, ICHA2018 sessions, GlobalHAB and a presentation of Maria Antoniou’s group.
You can download CYANOnews from the “Publications” page of cyanocost.net.
COST will be holding an Info Day on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at NCSR Demokritos, Athens, Greece. COST President, Prof. Sierd Cloetingh will give an opening presentation on “Promoting and Spreading Research Excellence: Perspectives from COST”.
Dr. Theodoros Triantis, Grant Holder of CYANOCOST will present “CYANOCOST (COST Action ES1105) – Networking and impacts beyond the funding period”.
Details of the event in the COST website.
Details of the event in GSRT website (in Greek).
A complete list of all publications that acknowledge CYANOCOST as of December 2017 is now available in the “Publications” page of cyanocost.net. The list contains as much as 201 published items, with citations and DOI links.
– 86 peer-reviewed papers in various journals
– 15 papers of the CYANOCOST Special Issue in Aquatic Ecology
– 14 papers of the CYANOCOST Special Issue in AIOL
– 66 Chapters and SOPs of the Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis
– 16 Chapters of the Molecular Tools for the Detection and Quantification of Toxigenic Cyanobacteria
– 3 other book chapters
– the Potentially Toxic Cyanobacteria in inland waters of Slovenia book
– a publicized article.
The list is available as a pdf file with DOI links to the publisher’s websites, as well as a compressed (.zip) EndNote library.
As the CYANOCOST library is still being populated, you are welcome to submit your papers that acknowledge CYANOCOST to be included in the next update of the library.
Download the pdf file.
Download the EndNote library.