Cylindrospermopsin review paper acknowledging CYANOCOST, included in collection on Planetary Health.

Planetary Health is a relatively recent concept that aims to establish connections between the state of Earth’s natural systems and human health and well-being, thereby providing a broad perspective for environmental research and its importance to public health. ESPI’s Associate Editor Paul Tratnyek and Guest Editor Joe Needoba  have compiled a collection of ESPI papers with strong relevance to planetary health. In making their selections, the editors identified papers that address one or more “planetary boundaries”, which are the global-scale environmental threats that pose the greatest risk of disrupting Earth’s natural life support systems.

The paper “A review on cylindrospermopsin: The global occurrence, detection, toxicity and degradation of a potent cyanotoxin” by de la Cruz et al. has been selected for inclusion in the Editor’s Choice web collection on Planetary Health. The collection is introduced by Paul and Guest Editor Joseph Needoba (OHSU-PSU) in their Editorial, and you can read all the papers included at

This review paper on cylindrospermopsin is a product from a multi-national group of authors affiliated to academic organizations and agencies in USA, Cyprus and Greece. The paper acnowledges CYANOCOST.


de la Cruz, A. A., Hiskia, A., Kaloudis, T., Chernoff, N., Hill, D., Antoniou, M. G., He, X., Loftin, K., O’Shea, K., Zhao, C., Pelaez, M., Han, C., Lynch, T. J., & Dionysiou, D. D. (2013). A review on cylindrospermopsin: the global occurrence, detection, toxicity and degradation of a potent cyanotoxin. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 15(11), 1979-2003.


Available now ! Updated list of CYANOCOST publications – 201 published items

A complete list of all publications that acknowledge CYANOCOST as of December 2017 is now available in the “Publications” page of The list contains as much as 201 published items, with citations and DOI links.

It includes:

– 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.


CYANOCOST featured in the US EPA “Freshwater HABs” newsletter

The “Freshwater HABs” newsletter issued by US EPA (Dr. Lesley V. D’Anglada) features CYANOCOST in its recent edition (January 2017).

The Freshwater HABs newsletter contains information about many important programs, initiatives, regulations and events in USA and beyond around toxic cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins and the protection of water resources.

The Newsletter features CYANOCOST’s new website and CYANOnews. We warmly thank Dr. D’Anglada and US EPA for creating those links between US and European researchers in Freshwater HABs.

You can download all “Freshwater HABs” newsletters here, or you can contact Dr D’Anglada to sign up for the Newsletter.


Special Issue “Toxic Cyanobacteria and Toxic Dinoflagellates”in the open-access journal Microorganisms. Call for papers.

Please visit the journal website for more information and to submit your papers.

From the Microorganisms website:

The occurrence of toxic phytoplankton in freshwater and marine environments is a worldwide phenomenon that causes a number of hygienic and ecological problems. Two major phytoplankton groups of concern are toxic cyanobacteria and toxic dinoflagellates, which are the topic of this Special Issue.

The Special Issue wants to emphasize interdisciplinary contributions that combine chemical, biological, and toxicological knowledge, and bring professionals from various disciplines together. While all publishable papers must fulfill strict scientific criteria the editors encourage open-minded and innovative discussion. Some relevant topics are the following: Classical and modern taxonomical work on toxic cyanobacteria and toxic dinoflagellates, research on the genetic basis of toxicity and toxin synthesis pathways, elucidation of factors influencing toxin composition and production, toxinology, work on toxic effects on individual organisms and ecosystems, descriptions of biological and ecological functions of the toxins, work on invasive toxic species, and research on methods to combat and manage toxic phytoplankton.

Eligible research on toxic cyanobacteria is not limited to the aquatic environment but papers describing terrestrial toxic cyanobacteria are also welcome. The focus of the Special Issue is not on purely analytical papers dealing with techniques of toxin detection. However, analytical work with a clear coupling to biological phenomena is eligible.

Both original and review papers can be considered but potential review paper authors are encouraged to contact the Guest Editors in advance.

PS Please feel free to redistribute this call to your colleagues and PhD students.

Dr. Jussi Meriluoto
Dr. Anke Kremp
Guest Editors