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Subject: IOC Taxonomic Reference List of Toxic Plankton Algae
From: Henrik Enevoldsen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Henrik Enevoldsen <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 1 Mar 2002 10:11:08 +0100

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The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is proud to

IOC Taxonomic Reference List of Toxic Plankton Algae

Problems pertaining to toxic microalgae are being worked on and discussed by
many categories of researchers: ecologists, taxonomists, toxicologists, by
persons involved in monitoring the environments for harmful effect of toxic
algae, by politicians, journalists, etc. It is a source of confusion that
the scientific ('Latin') names of the algae sometimes change when the
organisms become available for more detailed studies due to improved
methodology or after establishment of the organisms in pure cultures, and
such changes may give rise to misunderstandings.

At the Fourth Session of the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal
Blooms, Vigo, Spain, 30 June-2 July 1997, it was decided to establish a Task
Team on Algal Taxonomy with the aim of providing an agreed reference list of
harmful algal species, including correct citation of the author(s), date of
valid publication, and a list of synonyms.

The Committee comprised:

*       Ø. Moestrup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Chair)
*       G.A. Codd, University of Dundee, U.K.
*       M. Elbrächter, German Center for Marine Biodiversity, AWI, Sylt,
*       M.A. Faust, Smithsonian Institution,  Washington D.C., USA
*       S. Fraga, Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Vigo, Spain
*       Y. Fukuyo, University of Tokyo, Japan
*       G. Cronberg, University of Lund, Sweden
*       Y. Halim, Unversity of Alexandria, Egypt
*       F.J.R. Taylor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
*       A. Zingone, Zoological Station 'A. Dorhn', Naples, Italy

During the HAB 2000 Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, February 2000, the
Committee met and discussed the contents and the format of the list.
Following additional discussions over the e-mail, it was decided to prepare
all entries in the list as follows:

*       Correct name according to the International Botanical Code of
Nomenclature, followed by author(s) and year it was given its present name
*       Basionym (the first name applied to the species, including year)
*       Reference to the article in which the species was first described
*       Reference to the article in which the species was given its present
*       Type locality
*       Synonyms, including year
*       Main harmful effects
*       Up to (usually) 3 references with information on toxicity, toxins or
toxic effects
*       Notes (if applicable)

The list of eukaryotic algae was completed in early 2002. The cyanobacteria
(blue-green algae) will be added when the list of freshwater algae has been
completed (mainly blue-green algae). In addition to a printed edition, the
list will be made generally available on the internet and updated at regular
intervals. Suggestions for changes and additions to the list should be
forwarded to the IOC Centre on Harmful Algae in Copenhagen, Jacob Larsen:
[log in to unmask]  with a copy (cc) to   the Chairman of the Committee
([log in to unmask]). The latter will evaluate the suggested changes, if
needed after consultation with members of the Committee.

Please contact one of the above persons if you find any errors, omissions,
etc in the list.

The Committee hopes to extend the list during the coming years, and to
include additional information, including illustrations.

This List to be cited as: IOC Taxonomic Reference List of Toxic Algae,
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO., 2002.

Best regards,

Henrik Oksfeldt Enevoldsen
IOC Project Coordinator

IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae
Botanical Institute
University of Copenhagen
Oster Farimagsgade 2D
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

Tel +45 33 13 44 46
Fax +45 33 13 44 47

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