Special Issue "Continental Toxic Algae and Their Ecological Impact"

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 544

Special Issue Editor

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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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental toxicity is increasing globally, but the effect on algal toxicity on climate warming, not only the increase in water temperature, but also the enhanced levels of salinity and nutrients related to water scarcity, challenge human development, especially in certain geographic areas. It seems that toxin producers are distributed throughout the cyanophyta phylogenetic tree, for instance, and that most species can synthetise several different toxic compounds. What will the effects of this changing environment on the growth and toxicity expression of species be? How may this potential increase in toxicity affect to aquatic populations of phototrophs and heterotrophs? Will the effects be similar in humid and arid areas, and in flowing or lentic waters?  What about transition waters? What are the consequences of toxin accumulation along aquatic food chains? Have toxic species any kind of competitive advantage in these situations? What is the importance of benthic toxicity? In the last few years, a huge amount of information has been gathered on several aspects of freshwater toxicity, but most of these questions remain unanswered, as the greatest efforts have been focused on the detection and prevention of sanitary problems and not on the understanding of factors promoting toxin synthesis or competence among species. All contributions regarding the relationships between ecology and continental algal toxicity with special emphasis in climate change, benthos and species relationships are welcome in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Marina Aboal
Guest Editor

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  • allelopathy
  • benthos
  • climate change
  • freshwater
  • herbivory
  • plankton
  • saltwater
  • toxicity
  • transition waters

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