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Special Issue "Cyanobacterial Toxins: Identification and Structural Characterisation to Better Understand Their Distribution and Diversity"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jonathan Puddick

Cawthron Institute, Private Bag 2, Nelson 7042, New Zealand
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Interests: the identification of harmful and helpful bioactive compounds produced by cyanobacteria and algae, understanding their purpose for the producing organism and how they impact on the surrounding environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce (cyanotoxins) have become an increasing problem around the world as the eutrophication of waterways and global warming increases the frequency, severity and duration of cyanobacterial blooms in aquatic environments. To date, numerous cyanobacterial genera have been established as potential toxin-producers and many of the gene clusters responsible for cyanotoxin production have been characterised. The impressive structural diversity in different classes of cyanotoxins has sparked much interest in the fields of chemical ecology, evolutionary biology and molecular biology. On the other hand, the vast range of toxin structures poses challenges for their detection in the environment and their management. Better understanding of the diversity of cyanotoxins, the producing organisms and their global distribution will assist in overcoming these challenges and will help to answer fundamental questions relating to the evolution of toxin production in cyanobacteria.

In this Special Issue on Cyanobacterial Toxins we will publish new research on the structural characterisation of cyanotoxins, investigations into the diversity of cyanotoxins from different regions of the world and method development work that will accelerate the identification of cyanotoxins. Review articles that collate existing information on cyanotoxin diversity and identify valuable research avenues will also be considered.

Dr. Jonathan Puddick
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • anatoxin
  • aplysiatoxin
  • β-methylamino-alanine
  • chemical ecology
  • cyanotoxin
  • cylindrospermopsin
  • lyngbyatoxin
  • microcystin
  • nodularin
  • saxitoxin

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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