Special Issue "Genetic Analysis of Toxin-Producing Cyanobacteria"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Elisabete Valério
Guest Editor
Departamento de Saúde Ambiental, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge. Avenida Padre Cruz, 1649-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: cyanotoxins; toxicity mechanisms; proteomics; toxin genes; gene expression
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cyanobacteria make up a fascinating group of photosynthetic prokaryotes that are able to produce a wide range of bioactive compounds. However, their worldwide distribution brings special worries for the environment and public health due to the toxicity of some of these compounds.

The analyses of the cyanobacterial genomes has been unravelling the gene clusters involved in many toxins produced by cyanobacteria (cyanotoxins). This research has enabled us to understand the phylogenetic origins of some of the cyanotoxins, the genetic differences between toxic and nontoxic strains, and the development of methodologies to quickly and easily detect toxin-producing cyanobacteria. Moreover, there are growing efforts taking place to understanding how environmental factors influence the expression of cyanotoxin-related genes.

This Special Issue aims to aggregate papers that provide the most recent information on genetic analyses of toxin-producing cyanobacteria through molecular approaches such as ‘whole-genome sequencing’, metagenomics, qPCR or PCR.

Manuscripts that contribute to better understanding the genetic diversity of toxin-producing cyanobacteria, new cyanotoxin-related genes, evaluation of the expression levels of cyanotoxin genes and methodologies for the environmental detection of toxin-producing strains are welcomed.

Dr. Elisabete Valério
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Toxins is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • cyanobacteria
  • cyanotoxins genes
  • molecular markers
  • whole-genome sequencing
  • metagenomics
  • qPCR
  • PCR

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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