Special Issue "Cyanotoxins in Bloom: Ever-Increasing Occurrence and Global Distribution of Freshwater Cyanotoxins from Planktic and Benthic Cyanobacteria"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: emerging pollutants in water; toxic cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; volatile taste and odor compounds in water; advanced processes for water treatment
Interests: advanced oxidation processes; reactive oxygen species; environmental analytical chemistry; emerging pollutants; cyanotoxins; transformation products; cyanobacterial bioactive metabolites
Interests: advanced oxidation processes; environmental analytical chemistry; cyanotoxins; transformation/degradation products of cyanotoxins; bioactive metabolites
At present, cyanobacteria and their toxins (also known as cyanotoxins) constitute a major threat for freshwater resources worldwide. Cyanotoxin occurrence in water bodies around the globe is constantly increasing, whereas emerging, less studied or completely new variants and congeners of various chemical classes of cyanotoxins, as well as their degradation/transformation products are often detected. In addition to planctic cyanobacteria, benthic cyanobacteria, in many cases, appear to be important toxin producers, although far less studied and more difficult to manage and control. This Special Issue aims to highlight novel research results on the structural diversity of cyanotoxins from planktic and benthic cyanobacteria, as well as on their expanding global geographical spread in freshwaters. In particular, the Issue welcomes research papers on :
- Novel and improved methods of sampling, extraction, detection, and quantitation of cyanotoxins, with an emphasis on multivariant/class methods (e.g., LC-MS based techniques, in vitro assays, sensors);
- Structural characterization of new cyanotoxins using mass spectrometry and related techniques;
- Global occurrence of cyanotoxins, with an emphasis on emerging (e.g., saxitoxins, anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin) or new classes of cyanotoxins (such as anabaenopeptins, microginins, etc.) as well as first reports of cyanotoxins on water bodies in less studied regions;
- Tranformation/degradation products of cyanotoxins formed in the environment or during conventional and advanced methods of water treatment (e.g., biodegradation, chemical oxidation).;
- Planktic/benthic cyanotoxin producers, biotic and/or abiotic environmental factors that affect cyanotoxin production;
- Results of monitoring programs demonstrating temporal and spatial distribution of cyanotoxins in freshwater bodies.
Dr. Anastasia Hiskia
Dr. Theodoros Triantis
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- emerging cyanotoxins
- structural characterization
- mass spectrometry
- in vitro assays
- transformation products
- planktic and benthic cyanobacteria