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16 July 2000)

Announcements: Miscellany of cyanobacteriological interest
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Positions Available: Job ads
Transitions: The comings and goings of ourselves


For the past 13 years, CyanoNews has been composed as a printed newsletter, disseminated by regular mail and, in recent years, by electronic mail as well. Starting with this issue, CyanoNews will be composed as an electronic newsletter, disseminated through the internet, with the goal of speeding up the flow of information amongst cyanobacteriologists. No doubt some problems will accompany this change -- perhaps the newsletter (created using NetScape 3.0) will not function properly with other browsers. Perhaps you don't have a browser and are reading this second hand. If you encounter difficulties obtaining this newsletter, please let me know. Also, please pass on any suggestions you may have.

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A Key for the Identification of Cyanobacteria of the British Isles

Eutrophication of bodies of water is as much a problem in the British Isles as it is in many other places. Cyanobacterial blooms and scums are not only a symptom of eutrophication, but many strains produce potent toxins that can harm fish, livestock, pets, and humans. The need to identify cyanobacteria growing in bodies of water and assess the risk they entail has inspired the British Environment Agency in collaboration with Brian Whitton (University of Durham) to develop a taxonomic key that may enable those confronting blooms to see what their up against.

The key aids in the identification of any of 320 species in 65 genera of freshwater, terrestrial and marine blue-green algae found in the British Isles. It contains many illustrations and color images together with species descriptions. The CD-ROM format offers an interactive interface, where the user is asked questions and from the answers given descriptions and images of candidate species.

Contacts for CD-ROM availability and technical enquiries:
Brian Whitton, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK, Tel: 0191 3742427, Fax: 0191 3742417, E-mail: b.a.whitton@durham.ac.uk

Contacts for other enquiries:
Jan Krokowski, Environment Agency, National Centre for Ecotoxicology and Hazardous Substances, Evenlode House, Howbery Park, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8BD, UK, Tel: 01491 828548, Fax: 01491 828427, E-mail: jan.krokowski@environment-agency.gov.uk

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The Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes has been published under the name The Phototrophic Prokaryotes, edited by Günter Peschek, Wolfgang Löffelhardt, and Georg Schmetterer. The book (ISBN 0-306-45923-X) is published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, listing for US$130 + shipping. A partial table of contents is online.

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A special issue of the journal Environmental Toxicology and Water Quality Volume 14 no.1, 1999) is devoted cyanobacterial toxins. The issue, edited by Ian Falconer, contains 24 papers (219 pages) on a range of issues on toxic cyanobacteria,contributed from across the world. Copies of this issue can be purchased from the publisher, John Wiley & Sons for a low price.

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The World Health Organization monograph Toxic Cyanobacteria in Water - a guide to their public health consequences,monitoring and management (ISBN/ISSN: 0-419-23930-8), has been published by E & FN Spon, 11, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4P 4EE. It runs to 416 pages and covers occurrence, toxicology, health, management of water, water treatment, and lab methods.A summary and complete table of contents is available at the publisher's web site.The monograph lists at UK 24.99 pounds.

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 Position offered: Research Associate
 Contact:  Maxygen, Inc., Attn: Human Resources, 515 Galveston Drive, Redwood City, CA 94063. TEL: 650/364-2715; E-MAIL: jobs@maxygen.com; WEB-SITE: www.maxygen.com
 Research:  Cloning and expression of recombinant protein, culture handling and fermentation process development. May also perform enzyme assays that include 14C labeled substrates.
Requirements: BS/MS in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Genetics and at least 2 years experience with cyanobacterial cell culture required. Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques also required. Familiarity with biochemical pathways, cyanobacterial transformation and gene knockout highly desirable. Must have excellent time management and communication skills.
 Send: Cover letter and resume
 Salary: Negotiable
 Available: Immediately

 Position offered: Post Doc
 Contact:  F. Robert Tabita, Department of Microbiology and Plant Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Program, The Ohio State University, 484 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1292. E-MAIL: tabita.1@osu.edu; TEL: 1-614-292-4297; FAX: 1-614-292-6337
 Research:  Molecular control of CO2 fixation gene expression and the biochemistry of CO2 fixation (Rubisco), in marine cyanobacteria. Collaboration with John Paul (Marine Sciences, U. South Florida) and Thomas Smith (Biochemistry, Howard U.). Opportunities to gain experience in laboratory and field-based molecular investigations, as well as modern genomics technology to study global gene expression.
 Requirements: Ph.D. and experience in either molecular biology,
microbiology, or biochemistry.
 Send: Curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (plus telephone numbers and E-mail addresses) of up to 3 references.
 Available:  Immediately or up until end of 2000