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IZERZO_142165

 

 The impact of cyanobacterial blooms triggered by nutrient pollution

on aquatic environments in the context of climate change

 

Swiss Principal Investigator: Dr. Piet Spaak, Eawag, CH

Romanian Principal Coordinator: Dr. Cristina Sandu, IBB, RO

 

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Project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cyanobacterial blooms represent an environmental threat, due to their impact on aquatic food webs and water quality. Additionally, the ability of species belonging to the genera such as Anabaena, Aphanizomenon, Cylindrospermopsis, Lyngbya, Microcystis, Nodularia, Nostoc, Planktothrix, etc. to release toxins, pose a high risk on wildlife and human population.

The goal of this research project is to reconstruct the history of cyanobacterial blooms and the occurrence of toxic genes from lake sediments. We also aim at assessing the effects of cyanobacteria on locally adapted zooplankton.

Knowledge about this history is crucial to understand cyanobacterial bloom drivers, predict the risk for harmful cyanobacterial blooms in the context of environmental change and their consequences for lake food webs. The formerly hyper-eutrophied lake Greifensee, Switzerland, is an ideal study site to develop the method to reconstruct cyanobacterial blooms from sediment cores. Eventually, we want to apply this method to lakes of the Danube Delta.

Location of the Danube Delta at the confluence of the Danube River with the Black Sea (right)

 

Project data

Program

Romanian Swiss Research Program

Project code

Title

IZERZO_142165

 

The impact of cyanobacterial blooms triggered by nutrient pollution on aquatic environments in the context of climate change

Total value

Source 1 Swiss National Foundation

Source 2 UEFISCDI

442 850 CHF

85%

15%

Project duration

01.01.2013 31.12.2015

 


 

Partner organizations

Organization

Acronym

Role in the project

Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology

Eawag

Coordinator

Institute of Biology Bucharest

IBB

Partner

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology

UB

PhD coordination

Swiss-Romanian-Cooperation Programme (SRCP)

We acknowledge the support of both funding organizations SNF and UEFISCDI.

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