Special Issue "Toxic Cyanobacteria in Drinking Water: Impacts, Detection and Treatment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Use and Scarcity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hangzhou Xu
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Guest Editor
School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Qingdao 266237, China
Interests: cyanobacteria bloom; algal toxin; coagulation; drinking water treatment; water ecosystem
Dr. Yan Jin
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Guest Editor
School of Municipal and Environmental Engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China
Interests: cyanobacterial bloom; drinking water treatment; coagulation; advanced oxidation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater ecosystems are the most vulnerable to the combined pressure of anthropogenic activities and climate change. In recent years, the excessive proliferation of harmful cyanobacteria in eutrophic lakes and reservoirs has become a major nuisance all over the world, especially with continued global warming. Cyanobacterial blooms increase turbidity and smother submerged aquatic vegetation. Cyanobacterial blooms will cause a cascade of changes in the composition and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic plankton and thereby lead to declining quality of the aquatic ecosystems and disturb the trophic transmission of the food-web structure. Moreover, some harmful cyanobacteria may produce toxins and unpleasant odorant metabolites that interfere with the recreational function of lakes and the use of reservoirs for drinking water and pose a potential risk to humans and animals. Hence, it is very important to decrease the level of cyanobacterial bloom in freshwater ecosystems and enhance the removal of cyanobacteria and the harmful metabolites in drinking water treatment plants.

Although a great deal of research has been conducted about cyanobacteria control and removal, the mechanisms of cyanobacterial bloom development and technologies for cyanobacteria and harmful metabolites removal are not sufficient, especially for filamentous cyanobacteria and benthic cyanobacteria.

Therefore, this Special Issue on “Toxic Cyanobacteria in Drinking Water: Impacts, Detection and Treatment” aims to publish original research articles and review papers on the toxic cyanobacteria in drinking water sources and drinking water treatment plants, in order to better understand the effect of cyanobacteria on drinking water sources and improve the treatment efficiency of cyanobacteria and harmful metabolites in drinking water treatment plants.

We look forward to receiving your contribution.

Dr. Hangzhou Xu
Dr. Yan Jin
Guest Editors

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  • control technology for cyanobacterial bloom simulation
  • prediction and early warning of cyanobacterial bloom
  • global warming and cyanobacterial bloom
  • harmful cyanobacteria detection technology
  • ecological and toxicological effects of harmful cyanobacteria
  • cyanobacteria removal in drinking water treatment process
  • toxin and odorant metabolites mitigation in drinking water treatment process
  • disinfection by-products and cyanobacteria

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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