Xuejian installed two cages with glass slides at the monitoring platform in Greifensee. The cages are deployed underwater near the surface and are used to grow natural biofilms on glass slides. After 4 to 6 weeks’ growing, he will harvest the biofilms and spike cyanopeptides to learn about the biotransformation process of toxins/NRPs. The goal is to assess the biotransformation rates and find most the stable peptides.
Last week, CyanoBloom was at the 12th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria in Toledo, Ohio. We were able to present our exciting research project, our ideas and visions. Our team was represented by Francesco, Lilli, Pinelopi and Agustina who held two presentations and presented a poster. They gained a lot of new insight and inspiration, exchanged with other scientists across the globe and enjoyed the social interactions after two years of isolation.
Find our poster and the abstract here.
Deepthi was a master student and now an intern with David Johnson for a couple of months. As a biotechnologist and aspiring microbial ecologist, she was working on knocking out a toxic gene (mcy) from Microcystis aeruginosa. We were very happy to have her as part of our team and her contribution to the project.
On March 4th 2022, we kicked off our exciting new interdisciplinary project named CyanoBloom. We discussed science; how to efficiently share data, ideas and findings; we set goals for the first year; got to know each other and of course shared a great dinner and some drinks. There are four research groups with 14 team members and collaborators involved in this project. In the next four years, we will try to understand, why toxic cyanobacteria bloom. We are addressing the potential hypotheses about the mechanisms triggering cyanoHABs with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. We are very excited to explore the world of CyanoBlooms and will keep everyone that is interested posted about it on this website.