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Newsletter September 2018

The 2nd PhD school took place in June at The Royal Hotel, Scarborough, UK. It was a successful meeting hosted by Fera (Dr. Carmel Ramwell), and it was really nice to all meet again. Below you find a joined news story made by the fellows to describe the main activities.

The summer in Europe is particularly intense this year and warm temperatures benefit the proliferation of periphyton in surface waters including cyanobacteria that are responsible for harmful “algal” bloom events. See below how such algal blooms are measured on Lake Greifensee.

Our next training event will be the 3rd PhD school in Barcelona on 4-12 February 2019. Besides course, the event will also contain a stakeholder meeting and the Midterm Review of the NaToxAq project. See more here.

All the fellows wrote a joined news story about the 2nd PhD school in Scarborough. Read about the activities and excursions.

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Fera and NaToxAq are recruiting two Early Stage Researchers for 18 months in York, UK

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Regiane Natumi (ESR10) and Elisabeth Janssen have been sampling at Lake Greifensee (CH) to analyze for cyanobacterial toxins.

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The Toxic Plants-Phytotoxins (TPPT) database is now available. The TPPT database is published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) and available as Open Access.

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Fellows Xiaomeng Liang (ESR2) Jawameer Hama (ESR 8) and Daniel Jorgensen (ESR 11) are describing a lupin field excursion in an experimental farm at University of Copenhagen.

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NaToxAq recommends you to join the 9th International Young Water Professionals Conference in Toronto 23-27 June 2019 (arranged by The International Water Association)

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ESR6 (Daria Filatova) attended 14th Annual LC-MS/MS workshop on environmental applications and food safety with a poster presentation.

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'Toxin of the week' is up and running again after a summer break. Read about ergotamine - is a naturally occurring ergot alkaloid, causing constriction of blood vessels. The story is written by Mulatu Nanusha (ESR5)

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  • Günthardt, B.F., Hollender, J., Hungerbühler, K., Scheringer, M., Bucheli, T.D.* 2018 A comprehensive toxic plant-phytotoxin (TPPT) database and its application to assess their aquatic micropollution potential. J. Agric. Food Chem. 66, 7577-7588. doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b01639

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Prof. Hans Chr. Bruun Hansen


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Kristine Kirkensgaard


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 722493. Read more here.

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Sendt d. 13 September 2018