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ICTC13 welcomes new research and advances in all aspects of pelagic and benthic toxic cyanobacteria in freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments. Suggestive topics include:

  • Ecology of cyanobacteria in various environments including new, “out of the blue” habitats.
  • Toxic cyanobacteria in a global warming and changing environment.
  • Monitoring and modelling cyanobacteria blooms, with focus on new technologies (sensors, high-frequency monitoring, remote sensing, AI techniques and tools).
  • Taxonomic classification of cyanobacteria with focus on polyphasic approaches.
  • Omics and multi-omics approaches in toxic cyanobacteria research. Integrating genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
  • Cyanotoxins and secondary cyano-metabolites, including volatiles and odorous compounds. Detection, structural elucidation, bioactivities and effects.
  • Genetics and regulation of cyanotoxins biosynthesis.
  • Beneficial properties of cyano-metabolites and promising industrial uses.
  • (Eco)toxicology of cyanotoxins at the molecular, cellular and organism level. In vitro, in vivo and in silico approaches.
  • Effects of toxic cyanobacteria on ecosystems, animals and humans. Adopting the “One Health” approach.
  • Risk assessment of cyanotoxins in various exposure modes (e.g., drinking water, food, recreational, inhalation).
  • Co-occurrence of cyanotoxins with other health hazards in multiple exposure scenarios.
  • Management and control of cyanobacteria. New techniques and practices, from actions in the catchment to water treatment. Case Studies and Success Stories.
  • Public & stakeholder engagement and education, including citizen science projects.