Special Issue "Marine Phytoplankton Toxins: Genomics, Distribution and Risk Assessment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Jang-Seu Ki
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Guest Editor
Department of Biotechnology, Sangmyung University, Seoul 03016, Korea
Interests: toxic phytoplankton; saxitoxin; toxicogenomics; algal genomics; molecular adaptation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Harmful phytoplankton can produce toxins that may impact organisms including humans, as well as damage local fish and aquatic invertebrates. Increased abundances of toxic phytoplankton species can be attributed to natural processes that depend on meteorological conditions and hydrodynamics as well as anthropogenic factors. The structural diversity in different classes of marine phytoplankton toxins has initiated studies on the fields of chemical ecology, evolutionary biology, and molecular biology. Better understanding of the diversity of these toxins, the producing organisms, toxin-related genomics, and their global distribution will help in overcoming the gaps, and will help to answer fundamental questions relating to the evolution of toxin production in marine toxic phytoplankton.

This Special Issue, with the theme of “Marine Phytoplankton Toxins: Genomics, Distribution and Risk Assessment”, is aiming to publish the latest research and development on diverse aspects of the harmful organisms. This issue will assemble comprehensive information about the diversity of marine phytoplankton toxins from different regions of the world, toxin-biosynthesis genes, and method development research that will accelerate the assessment of potential risk.

Prof. Dr. Jang-Seu Ki
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.


  • toxic phytoplankton
  • algal toxins
  • toxin synthesis gene
  • toxin genomics
  • toxin distribution
  • toxicity
  • risk assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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