UFJF - Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

Cyanobacterial Blooms in a Changing World

Data: 10 de November de 2016

   The overall aim of this project is to increase the scientific capacity and experience of Brazilian scientists working on Aquatic Ecology, with emphasis on cyanobacteria, strengthening the academic links with scientists at the Wageningen University and the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO).

   It is an enlargement of a previous academic CAPES-WUR exchange established during four years (2008-2012),between WUR and several Brazilian universities: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ; Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN; Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, UFJF; Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UERJ; and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

   That project has already produced seven papers, other three are submitted and 16 are in final preparation. In the current application we propose the continuity of this multidisciplinary approach with other Brazilians and Dutch scientists and also enlarging our goals. Besides to best understand the mechanisms of expansion and control of cyanobacterial blooms, and the cyanotoxin production, we also will analyze the effects of climate changes, particularly the increase of temperature which favour cyanobacterial blooms.

   The proposed project will not only provide the umbrella covering the excellent existing co-operation on the subject, but also provide a solid foundation for the required, intense high-quality joined research. Its scientific significance is that it will pave the way to an integrative understanding of the role of causal factors leading to cyanobacterial blooms, toxin production and its consequences under different climate scenarios.

   The significance to society of the project is directly related to the cyanobacterial blooms that can be harmful to humans and cattle on short term, but also on the long run through tumor promotion of certain secondary metabolites. Overall, the project will give insight in bloom development and toxicity and suggest management strategies to diminish the chan.



Vera Huszar | Coordinator

Raquel Fernandes Mendonça

Sarian Kosten

Nathan Barros

Miquel Lurling



Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Cooperation