Special Issue "Advances and Current Challenges in Marine Biotoxins Monitoring"
A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Dr. Pedro Reis Costa
Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere, IPMA, Division of Environmental Oceanography, Portugal
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Interests: analytical determination of marine biotoxins in seafood and environmental matrices; kinetic and toxicity studies of biotoxins in shellfish and finfish; toxicological effects of marine biotoxins, induction of enzymatic metabolism and oxidative stress; partitioning of biotoxins in the water column and transport mechanisms during different phases of algal blooms
The programs for monitoring marine biotoxins, aiming at minimize the risk of acute intoxication after consumption of seafood, have been challenged by multiple factors: i) emergence of new toxins, ii) occurrence of new analogues of regulated toxins, iii) moving away from biological methods for official control and, iv) harmonization of detection methods and regulatory limits in a world of global trade. Either due to climate change conditions or impacts of human activities, harmful algal blooms have been pointed out as an increasing phenomenon with higher frequency, intensity and geographical distribution. New toxins, such as Tetrodotoxins, Ciguatoxins, Palytoxins and Cyclic Imines, may represent new environmental threats. In addition to the implementation of liquid chromatography based methods for official control, several other detection methods characterized by being cost effective and fast, high-throughput, in situ, real-time monitoring, semi-quantitative or qualitative, or technically less complex, have been recently developed, which can be used to support regulators and seafood business operators.
This Special Issue aims to initiate a forum on current challenges and advances on marine biotoxins monitoring bringing to light new data on toxic phytoplankton occurrence, toxins accumulation, transformation and elimination in seafood, their toxicological potential and detection methods.
Dr. Pedro Reis Costa
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- Harmful algal blooms
- Marine biotoxins
- Okadaic acid
- Food safety
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Author: Ana Gago-Martínez
Abstract: Marine biotoxins represent a significant and widespread threat to human health in many places worldwide. Epidemiological studies show the impact of this natural contamination in humans after the consumption of contaminated seafood in particular bivalve molluscs or certain fish. The transition from animal tests to alternative methods, in particular physicochemical methods as reference methods for the control of these toxins has been a critical issues for scientists working in this field. The recent changes in EU Legislation clearly show the real picture of the current situation on the control of marine biotoxins in which Liquid Chromatographic methods coupled to different detection modes became the methods of choice to replace the animal tests and to become the reference methods for the control of the three groups of toxins included in this Legislation (Paralytic, Amnesic and Lipophilic shellfish poisoning toxins). The emergence of toxins in geographical areas where they have never been found before, due to different factors, including climate change, is being also considered an important and challenging issue since the risk evaluation and characterization is also a critical and challenging demand. An evaluation of the current situation and the challenges of this methodological transition is going to be the main objective of this work, a perspective on the emerging risks and the future needs to characterize them, will be also included in this review.