Special Issue “Freshwater Cyanobacterial Toxins: Developments in Monitoring, Identification, Impacts and Factors Influencing Production” – Toxins

Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater cyanobacteria are known to produce a suite of different chemicals that can be toxic to many organisms. These toxins can have adverse impacts on humans, animals, and even aquatic and terrestrial plants. Further information about cyanobacterial toxins is required to better understand and manage their risks in freshwater environments. This Special Issue aims to bring together papers that provide new information on the monitoring of cyanobacterial toxins and the identification of toxins in freshwater environments. Further, papers are invited that develop our knowledge of how cyanobacterial toxins impact humans, as well as different aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Papers that better develop our understanding of how toxin production by cyanobacteria is regulated are also welcomed.

Assoc. Prof. Simon Mitrovic
Dr. Ambrose Furey
Guest Editors

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019.

Visit the Special Issue webpage here.



PhD position at the Research Department for Limnology Mondsee (University of Innsbruck) – Interreg (Alpine Space) project “Eco-AlpsWater”

The aim of the project Eco-AlpsWater is to improve the traditional monitoring approaches used in the Alpine region (Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC-EU WFD and, in Switzerland, the Water Protection Ordinance-WPO) with advanced and innovative DNA sequencing techniques such as metabarcoding. The new approach will make use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to analyze environmental DNA in waterbodies (which allow rapid species identification at low costs, from fish to bacteria), and smart technologies (automation in data processing, data storage, information retrieval). Along with the identification of gaps in the monitoring approaches across the Alpine regions, the new technologies will allow to define improved experimental monitoring protocols to be applied in pilot areas partly linked to other ongoing alpine space projects (SPARE, Hymocares) and including large perialpine lakes as well as smaller waterbodies, and rivers.

The position will be financed for 3 years (30 working hours per week, 75 percent appointment) according to the collective labour agreement (Kollektivvertrag) of the Austrian Universities (2096.- Euro monthly salary, 14x per year). We are looking for a person holding a Master degree in Biology with experience in limnology (or comparable qualification), dedicated to apply metabarcoding approaches in fish communities (respectively other organism groups such as planktonic and benthic algae). Parts of the working activities (e.g. sampling and laboratory analysis) will be performed with partner organisations of the project, i.e. in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany or Slovenia. Further activities will comprise metabarcoding data analysis, report writing, preparation of scientific manuscripts, as well as communication with project partners and observers. The registration of the PhD thesis in Biology at the University of Innsbruck and the administration within the new doctoral programme “Alpine Biology and Global Change” will be expected.

Further Information: Univ. Doz. Dr. Josef Wanzenböck & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rainer Kurmayer, Research Department for Limnology Mondsee, University of Innsbruck


email: Josef.wanzenboeck@uibk.ac.at; rainer.kurmayer@uibk.ac.at. For application please send a motivation letter together with a CV (in English).

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ICHA2018 Session: Optical sensors and drone systems for the monitoring of harmful blooms

A Session on Optical sensors and drone systems for the monitoring of harmful blooms is chaired by  Jean-François HUMBERT (INRA, Institut d’Ecologie et des Sciences de l’Environnement de Paris, UPMC), co-chair: Kamel Soudani  within ICHA2018  in Nantes (21 to 26 October 2018).

Session description:

This session will concern the use of new sensors and of drone systems for the monitoring of harmful blooms in marine and freshwater ecosystems. One part of the session will permit to present the results obtained in the framework of a French research program (OSS-Cyano) on the development of a low cost aerial sensor and of a drone system able to carry the sensor and different tools for water sampling or for performing underwater measurements. This session will be open to other talks on the new technologies allowing to perform continuous monitoring of algal blooms and/or to assess the spatial distribution of these blooms.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April 2018 !!!

See the list of session topics of ICHA2018.



ICHA2018 Session: New major events & exploitation of longtime series (monitoring & case studies)

A Session on New major events & exploitation of longtime series (monitoring & case studies) is chaired by Jussi MERILUOTO (Abo Akademi University, Finland) and co-chair Catherine QUIBLIER / Maud LEMOINE within ICHA2018  in Nantes (21 to 26 October 2018).

Session description:

This session invites presentations on any major HAB events since the last conference, as well as analysis of long-time series, i.e. multi-annual datasets.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April 2018 !!!

See the list of session topics of ICHA2018.

Postdoc position: high frequency monitoring data – Ireland

A postdoc position is available for three years working on high frequency monitoring data from lakes and rivers, based in the Marine Institute facility in Mayo, Ireland and employed by Dundalk Institute of Technology (working with  Eleanor Jennings (DkIT) and Elvira de Eyto (MI)) on the BEYOND 2020 project.

See https://www.euraxess.ie/jobs/181690

Landmark CYANOCOST publication: The Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis

The Handbook of Cyanobacterial Monitoring and Cyanotoxin Analysis, a major publication by CYANOCOST is published and available from Wiley and Amazon.com. A must have for laboratories, researchers and water authorities working on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.

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