Editorial Board Members' Collection Series: Contribution of Information Technologies in Marine and Freshwater Toxins Research and Regulatory Practice

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 1279

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Hellenic Agricultural Organization—DIMITRA, Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki, Department of Hy-giene and Technology of Food of Animal Origin and Toxicology, 57001 Thermi, Greece
Interests: marine biotoxins; phycotoxins; harmful algal blooms; toxic pufferfish; emerging marine toxins; tetrodotoxins; ciguatoxins; lipophilic toxins; toxic episodes management; phycotoxins regulatory monitoring; marine toxins analysis; mouse bioassay; liquid chromatography mass spectrometry
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Laboratory of Algology, Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Biology, Espinardo Campus, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: plankton; benthos; cyanotoxins; biodiversity; taxonomy; phylogeny and ecology of continental algae; water quality
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Dear Colleagues,

The overwhelming penetration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in everyday life, more intensely evidenced during the past decade, is globally transforming our daily working practices, while at the same time reshaping our social interactions. Digital tools, including the Internet, social media, mobile computing, big data, business analytics, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, cloud and cyber-solutions, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, and numerous others, open up a fascinating world of innovation opportunities with a significant impact on multiple aspects of contemporary societies, including research and regulatory practices in natural scientific fields such as marine and freshwater toxins.

This Special Issue aims to focus on new developments concerning the exploitation of ICTs in the field of marine and freshwater toxins research and regulatory practice, including topics such as (but not limited to): (i) use of ICTs in HABs and relevant toxins’ prediction and monitoring and decision-making (e.g., business intelligence tools, specialized apps); (ii) improvements in analysis methods for toxins’ determination related to ICTs (e.g., smartphone applications, toxins databases, machine learning, open data and open source software contributions, etc.); (iii) advances in risk analysis tasks (assessment, management, communication) related to the use of ICTs; (iv) use of ICT tools in elucidating toxins’ epidemiology and impact on public health (social media, data mining, language technologies); and (v) ICTs usage in the production of HAB toxin reference materials (e.g., artificial intelligence, neural networks, etc.). Studies addressing any other questions of relevance or reviews related to ICTs contribution in marine and freshwater toxins research and regulatory practice are also considered to be of interest and welcome for submission.

Dr. Panagiota Katikou
Prof. Dr. Marina Aboal
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  • information and communication technologies (ICTs)
  • digital tools
  • social media
  • open data
  • databases
  • data mining
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • marine toxins
  • freshwater toxins
  • harmful algal blooms (HABs)

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Cyanobacteria and Macroinvertebrate Relationships in Freshwater Benthic Communities beyond Cytotoxicity
by Nicolás Ubero-Pascal and Marina Aboal
Toxins 2024, 16(4), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins16040190 - 15 Apr 2024
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Cyanobacteria are harmful algae that are monitored worldwide to prevent the effects of the toxins that they can produce. Most research efforts have focused on direct or indirect effects on human populations, with a view to gain easy accurate detection and quantification methods, [...] Read more.
Cyanobacteria are harmful algae that are monitored worldwide to prevent the effects of the toxins that they can produce. Most research efforts have focused on direct or indirect effects on human populations, with a view to gain easy accurate detection and quantification methods, mainly in planktic communities, but with increasing interest shown in benthos. However, cyanobacteria have played a fundamental role from the very beginning in both the development of our planet’s biodiversity and the construction of new habitats. These organisms have colonized almost every possible planktic or benthic environment on earth, including the most extreme ones, and display a vast number of adaptations. All this explains why they are the most important or the only phototrophs in some habitats. The negative effects of cyanotoxins on macroinvertebrates have been demonstrated, but usually under conditions that are far from natural, and on forms of exposure, toxin concentration, or composition. The cohabitation of cyanobacteria with most invertebrate groups is long-standing and has probably contributed to the development of detoxification means, which would explain the survival of some species inside cyanobacteria colonies. This review focuses on benthic cyanobacteria, their capacity to produce several types of toxins, and their relationships with benthic macroinvertebrates beyond toxicity. Full article
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