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Special Issue "Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics"

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine and Freshwater Toxins".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Uwe John

1. Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
2. Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB), Ammerländer Heerstraße 231, 23129 Oldenburg, Germany
Guest Editor
Prof. Allan Cembella

1. Alfred-Wegner-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), Am Handelshafen 12, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany
2. Faculty of Biology and Chemistry (FB 02), Universität Bremen, Bibliothekstraße 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global change, mediated by sea temperature rise, enhanced ice melting, nutrient regime shifts, and other anthropogenic influences, is predicted to have a profound influence on marine ecosystems and, in particular, in coastal regions. This has led to speculation regarding differential effects on biogeography and diversity of planktonic communities, including harmful algal blooms (HABs) and associated toxins. In dynamic coastal environments, intraspecific diversity and plasticity might support the resilience of populations of toxigenic species. Hydrodynamics and other abiotic factors (e.g., light, temperature, nutrients, etc.) are known to support the growth and initiation of bloom formations, but biotic factors, such as grazing, infection, and competition, also influence bloom dynamics, including the magnitude, inherent diversity and successional processes at the population level. Methodological breakthroughs, such as the increasing ease and decreasing cost of high-throughput gene sequencing (NGS), linked to high capacity sampling technology, high resolution cell imaging and bioinformatic data processing, coupled with classical monitoring or experimental approaches, allows for a new depth of process understanding and the elucidation of mechanisms to increase our understanding of bloom formation and associated biological-geographical dynamics.

In this Special Issue, we welcome papers based on the analysis of field studies of toxigenic or otherwise harmful microalgal blooms at local and regional scale, implementing interdisciplinary methodologies and concepts in an eco-evolutionary context. These may be linked to laboratory examination and characterization of inter-/ intra-specific diversity of HAB taxa. In situ natural bloom and mesocosm studies on species interaction processes including ecophysiological responses and intraspecific diversity affecting bloom initiation, maintenance, senescence and toxicity are also encouraged. In a global context, this could comprise all studies addressing questions of relevance to understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes determining HAB dynamics.

Dr. Uwe John
Prof. Dr. Allan Cembella
Guest Editors

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  • Harmful algal bloom
  • genomics
  • intraspecific diversity
  • functional diversity
  • population dynamics
  • metatranscriptomics
  • DNA barcoding
  • phycotoxins
  • species interaction
  • phenotypic plasticity

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Open AccessArticle Algal Blooms and Cyanotoxins in Jordan Lake, North Carolina
Received: 31 December 2017 / Revised: 17 February 2018 / Accepted: 19 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
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The eutrophication of waterways has led to a rise in cyanobacterial, harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) worldwide. The deterioration of water quality due to excess algal biomass in lakes has been well documented (e.g., water clarity, hypoxic conditions), but health risks associated with cyanotoxins
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The eutrophication of waterways has led to a rise in cyanobacterial, harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) worldwide. The deterioration of water quality due to excess algal biomass in lakes has been well documented (e.g., water clarity, hypoxic conditions), but health risks associated with cyanotoxins remain largely unexplored in the absence of toxin information. This study is the first to document the presence of dissolved microcystin, anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin, and β-N-methylamino-l-alanine in Jordan Lake, a major drinking water reservoir in North Carolina. Saxitoxin presence was not confirmed. Multiple toxins were detected at 86% of the tested sites and during 44% of the sampling events between 2014 and 2016. Although concentrations were low, continued exposure of organisms to multiple toxins raises some concerns. A combination of discrete sampling and in-situ tracking (Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Tracking [SPATT]) revealed that microcystin and anatoxin were the most pervasive year-round. Between 2011 and 2016, summer and fall blooms were dominated by the same cyanobacterial genera, all of which are suggested producers of single or multiple cyanotoxins. The study’s findings provide further evidence of the ubiquitous nature of cyanotoxins, and the challenges involved in linking CyanoHAB dynamics to specific environmental forcing factors are discussed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics)

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