Special Issue "Bioactivity and Chemical Ecological Interactions of Marine Toxins"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: chemical and molecular ecology of protists; genetics of toxin biosynthesis; toxinology and ecotoxicology of harmful microalgae; harmful algal blooms and marine food webs; marine phycotoxin dynamics and diversity; marine microbial biotechnology
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A vast array of marine organisms, including microeukaryotes and prokaryotes, metazoa, marine plants and macroalgae, are capable of biosynthezing natural bioactive substances. Many of these compounds are designated as toxins if they exhibit inimical effects on growth, behavior, or survival of specified target living systems. Toxicity is often defined with respect to bioassays (cultured cell and tissue lines, or whole animals, including humans), and thus may lead to erroneous inferences about the functional role of these compounds in situ in marine environments. The high global incidences of human poisoning due to the consumption of seafood contaminated with marine toxins, or exposure to poisonous or venomous creatures, underscore the critical need for studies to protect human health. Such research, however, provides little insight into the function and evolution of these toxins and their biosynthetic pathways.
Marine toxins are commonly assumed to have evolved as a mechanism for chemical defence against predation, to facilitate prey capture, or to modulate competitive interactions, but proof of this toxic strategy is frequently lacking. These bioactive substances may play more subtle and multivariate roles in species interactions, diversity and food web dynamics, rather than exclusively as “toxins.” The chemical ecology of marine toxins represents a frontier area of research and is worthy of more intensive investigation.
This Special Issue particularly welcomes contributions on defining linkages between bioactivity as determined in the laboratory and in marine micro- and mesocosms and the putative role of natural toxins in marine ecosystems.
Prof. Allan Cembella
Manuscript Submission Information
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- chemical ecology
- marine toxin
- marine bioactives