Introduction

The Centre for Cyanobacteria and Their Toxins (CCT) is a joint research centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Institute of Botany, Department of Experimental Phycology and Ecotoxicology),  Masaryk University Brno (the research centre RECETOX and the working group Biodiversity, Faculty of Science) and the Association Flos Aquae. Its residence is situated on the Lidicka street 25/27, 657 20 Brno (third floor of the building next to the hotel Slovan)


Lidicka 25/27

Mission of the Centre:

  • Target research and technology development in the prevention and management of cyanobacterial water blooms, detection of cyanotoxins
  • Basic research of cyanobacterial autecology and ecotoxicology
  • Popularisation and ecological education, communication of experts and public, public relations in cyanobacterial blooms and toxins area and technological possibility to restrict mass expansion of cyanobacterial blooms
  • The Centre works as a national contact point for abroad, cooperates and communicates with national and international experts

Expected outputs of the CCT activities:

  • Basic (original) research in the area of autecology of cyanobacteria, detection, production and toxicity of cyanotoxins mechanisms
  • Development of methods and technologies for the detection of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins
  • Discussion and practical national and international workshops and educational courses in the area of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins
  • Taxonomic guides and interactive requisites for water management, water authorities, medical institutes, universities etc.
  • Production, consultations and professional guarantee of films, photos, leaflets and other materials for the popularization and ecological education of general public
  • Increase of the information level about cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins issue through media
  • Decrease a number of unsuccessful projects focussed on the management of cyanobacterial blooms
  • Improvement in communication of municipalities interested in those projects with professionals and experts, who may provide a guarantee of the whole restoration process