Special Issue "Managing and Preventing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): Do We Know Enough?"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2023 | Viewed by 73

Special Issue Editor

Dr. James S. Metcalf
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Guest Editor
Brain Chemistry Labs, Institute for Ethnomedicine, Box 3464, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
Interests: cyanobacteria; cyanotoxins; analysis; toxicology; exposure routes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine and freshwaters are frequently populated with harmful cyanobacterial or algal blooms that can result in closures of waterbodies, fisheries, and recreational areas with resulting significant impacts, including economic effects from produce loss (e.g., fish and shellfish) and negative effects on tourism, as well as to closures of water treatment plants. Studying such blooms for many years has advanced our understanding of the risks associated with exposure to these organisms and the toxins they produce, including a greater understanding of the health risks associated with long-term exposure to these compounds. However, many uncertainties and gaps may still remain. This Special Issue aims to ask the question of whether we know enough regarding harmful cyanobacterial and algal blooms and what further fundamental and applied research is required. Such issues may apply to detection, monitoring, health risks, and treatment and mitigation solutions for blooms and toxins, as examples. Therefore, this Special Issue solicits manuscripts concerning all aspects of detection, risk assessment, and the management and prevention of harmful cyanobacterial and algal blooms as well as novel and innovative practical solutions to fill current gaps in knowledge and science.

Dr. James S. Metcalf
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • knowledge gaps
  • mitigation
  • risk assessment and management
  • analysis
  • health risks
  • future research questions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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