Call for papers for a special ICTC XI issue of Limnologica on cyanotoxin occurrence
Our understanding of cyanotoxin occurrence has major gaps:
- published data on cyanotoxin occurrence in tropical and subtropical settings, generated with solidly described methods;
- published data relating intra- and extracellular cyanotoxin concentrations to measures of biomass – either biovolume or chlorophyll-a (plus phycocyanin) – preferably to both biovolume and pigment concentrations taken from one-and-the same sample – and preferably from a wide range of water-body types, climates, continents;
- published data on occurrence and dominance of cyanobacterial taxa or even genotypes in relation to environmental conditions, presented with a sound understanding of phytoplankton ecology – of how the drivers of species dominance actually work over time (not mere correlations or CCA analyses).
Limnologica will be happy to publish a special volume on the occurrence of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, with contributions drawing on ICTC XI (but not restricted to those who actually attended). This will be an opportunity to collate contributions with a rather descriptive scope – with the added value of generating a better understanding of occurrence of toxins in relation to cyanobacterial species and biomass.
Contributions will need to meet quality criteria, specifically:
- solidly described methods, both for the analyses of cyanobacteria and their toxins;
- if the influence of environmental factors is discussed, inclusion of total P and preferably also total N or DIN as well as an understanding of water-body mixing;
- if data are analysed with statistical tools, the associations need to be discussed on the basis of a sound understanding of the possible mechanisms causing them.