Cyanobacteria are ubiquitous photosynthetic microorganisms naturally occurring in aquatic ecosystems worldwide. However, their excessive growth can lead to severe environmental issues. As global climate change and anthropogenic activities impact aquatic ecosystems, the occurrence of cyanobacterial blooms is likely to increase. These blooms can have negative impacts on aquatic ecosystems, human health, and the economy but there is a limited understanding in the general public regarding consequent problems arising from cyanobacterial blooms and the production of potentially toxic metabolites, particularly in Serbia. Furthermore, limited funding is available for research, equipment, and education related to this issue.
Goals and Objectives
To enhance significantly the scientific background of researchers from Serbia, but also V4 region, by improving their knowledge and acquire new skills related to research in cyanobacteria and their metabolites, particularly those that are potentially harmful in the whole region, including the V4 countries. Research network will be established between all consortium partners, which would facilitate further cooperation that would combine and synthesize the expertise of all partners and offer common solutions to relevant problems/issues.
The acquired knowledge will be transferred to students, future generations of scientists, enabling them to tackle this issue in the near future.Obtained results will be published and disseminated to a wider audience.