Special Issue "Environmental Drivers of Algal and Cyanobacterial Toxin Dynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020) | Viewed by 37264
Interests: cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; microcystins; control and mitigation of cyanobacterial blooms; hydrogen peroxide; artificial mixing; physiology; ecology; benthic cyanobacterial mats; coral reefs; marine cyanobacteria
Harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms pose an eminent threat to human and ecosystem health. Toxicity of blooms depends on a range of factors across multiple scales from community down to the cellular level. Specifically, it depends on the total biomass of toxic species, the identity of these species and associated toxin compounds, the abundance of toxic genotypes, the cellular quantities of toxins in these genotypes, and the toxin analogue composition. Environmental factors, both abiotic and biotic, are known to alter different aspects of bloom toxin contents. For instance, studies in marine and freshwater harmful algal or cyanobacterial species have reported effects of resource concentrations (nutrients, light, inorganic carbon, iron, etc.) and trophic interactions (e.g. zooplankton exudates, allelopathic compounds) on biomass build-up, genotype composition, cellular toxin content, expression of toxin genes, and toxin composition of the bloom. Here, we aim at collecting recent studies that cover any of the above aspects determining bloom toxicity across taxonomic groups and ecosystems to provide an integrated view on key environmental drivers underlying toxin dynamics in harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms.
Dr. Petra M. Visser
Dr. Dedmer B. van de Waal
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- toxin production