Special Issue "Toxic Cyanobacteria and Toxins in Rare Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 186

Special Issue Editors

1. CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, BIOPOLIS Program in Genomics, Biodiversity and Land Planning, UNESCO chair “Land Within Sea: Biodiversity & Sustainability in Atlantic Islands Pólo dos Açores” - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias, Universidade dos Açores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
2. Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias, Universidade dos Açores, 13A, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Interests: cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; biodiversity; public and environmental health; genetics; blue biotechnology; culture collections; inland freshwater; extremophiles
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1. Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
2. CIIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto, 4450-208 Porto, Portugal
Interests: cyanobacteria; toxins; cyanotoxins; marine biotechnology; secondary metabolites; cyanobacterial blooms; ecotoxicology; environmental contamination
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cyanobacteria are well-known to inhabit and thrive in a wide variety of environments, however studies of these organisms and their metabolites are still very scarce in rare and extreme environments. Cyanobacteria endure in several extreme environments, from light scarcity, extreme temperatures (thermal to polar cold), hypersalinity, and water scarcity (arid). They also inhabit some rare environments, such as brackish waters, the deep sea, and terrestrial environments (e.g., high altitude, rocks, caves, trees, algae, and lichens). These are still very understudied habitats, mainly on toxicology and metabolomics. Toxic metabolites are important due to their impacts on public and environmental health and their biotechnological potential. Nonetheless, most reports are mainly from freshwaters, hence the need and undiscovered potential of upcoming toxic metabolites from extremophiles and cyanobacteria in rare environments.

In this Special Issue, we want to showcase cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins and other cyanobacteria secondary metabolites aside from common marine and freshwater environments, to unveil the diversity within extreme and rare environments. We invite researchers to submit both articles, communications and review papers on this topics. Papers with new data on taxonomy, chemistry and molecular biology of cyanobacteria from rare environments are most welcome.

Thank you for your consideration.

Dr. Rita Cordeiro
Prof. Dr. Vitor Vasconcelos
Dr. Alexandre M. Campos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cyanometabolites
  • cyanotoxins
  • extreme, benthic
  • saxitoxin
  • cylindrospermopsin
  • anatoxin-a
  • microscystin
  • nodularins
  • anabaenopeptins

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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