Special Issue "Causes, Consequences and Control of Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Changing World"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017).
Interests: controlling cyanobacteria blooms; cyanobacteria ecology; cyanobacteria toxins; managing eutrophication; plankton interactions
Cyanobacteria are common and in evolutionary context the oldest inhabitants of aquatic systems. Massive occurrences or cyanobacterial blooms, due to accumulation of buoyant cells and/or strong proliferation as a consequence of eutrophication, present a serious threat to the environment and health of wildlife, cattle and humans, because several cyanobacteria can produce very potent toxins that constitute one of the most high-risk categories of waterborne toxic substances.
There is broad consensus that the incidence and intensity of cyanobacterial blooms are on the rise worldwide. Eutrophication, climatic changes (precipitation, drought, heat waves), elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, higher salinity and direct and indirect temperature effects are all expected to further aggravate the frequency, intensity and spreading of cyanobacterial blooms. As these blooms are in direct conflict with the safe and aesthetically acceptable water needed in a modern society, extenuating nuisance is considered a key challenge to water quality managers now and in the upcoming decades. Global changes, however, confront water managers, decision makers and scientists with new unforeseen uncertainties. Insight in mechanisms that influence bloom development, composition and most importantly their toxicity is needed for changing world scenarios –what to expect?– and for the development of promising mitigation tools—how to control?
This Special Issue invites manuscripts on all aspects dealing with cyanobacterial blooms in a changing world: from warming, eutrophication, carbon dioxide, salinity, brownification effects on cyanobacteria and/or their toxins via biotic interactions such as competition, predation, parasitism, and so on, to techniques mitigating cyanobacterial biomass and controlling toxins. Contributions from areas of the planet underrepresented in the scientific literature are particularly welcome.
Prof. Dr. Miquel Lürling
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