Special Issue "Potentially Toxic Benthic Microorganisms in Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: marine algal; bacterial and cyanobacterial toxins; mass spectrometric analysis of and biological assays for toxins and related metabolites; ecophysiology of toxin production and biosynthesis; HABs and climate change; reference materials; monitoring and risk evaluation
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Interests: cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; ecology; microbial interactions; comparative genomics; cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin monitoring; risk managment
Benthic, epilitic, and epiphytic habitats in aquatic ecosystems are a way of life shared by numerous potentially-toxic microalgae and cyanobacteria, both in freshwater and marine ecosystems. In these latter ones, potentially toxic benthic microalgae have been extensively studied. While recent papers have shown the interest to better understand their benthic ecology, in particular their positive and negative interactions with other species into the biofilms, many aspects remain to be clarified: comparative risk of benthic and planktonic phase, species identification and distribution, toxin identity, etc.
In freshwater ecosystems, benthic cyanobacteria have received much less attention than planktonic species. Still, in the recent years, massive developments of river biofilms dominated by toxic cyanobacteria have been reported in several countries (New Zealand, France, USA, etc.), suggesting that changes in local or global environmental conditions might promote the recent increase of these events. Proliferations of benthic cyanobacteria have led to death of several dozen dogs in all these countries due to the production of anatoxins.
Consequently, increased knowledge is needed by scientists, ecosystem managers and other stakeholders to better comprehend the ecology and toxicity of these benthic cyanobacteria and microalgae and to finally limit the sanitary risks associated with their proliferations.
The aim of the current Special Issue is to gather the most recent research on benthic cyanobacteria and microalgae proliferating in marine and freshwater ecosystems and on their toxins. All papers dealing with the taxonomy, genetic diversity, ecology and toxicity of biofilms dominated by potentially-toxic cyanobacteria and microalgae and on risk assessment and management associated with such assemblages will be considered in this Special Issue.
Dr. Philipp Hess
Dr. Jean-Francois Humbert
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Benthic cyanobacteria and microalgae
- marine and freshwater ecosystems