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Potentially poisonous plastic particles: microplastics as a vector for cyanobacterial toxins microcystin-LR and microcystin-LF. (2021)
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PESTANA, C.J., MOURA, D.S., CAPELO-NETO, J., EDWARDS, C., DREISBACH, D., SPENGLER, B. and LAWTON, L.A. 2021. Potentially poisonous plastic particles: microplastics as a vector for cyanobacterial toxins microcystin-LR and microcystin-LF. Environmental science and technology [online], 55(23), pages 15940-15949. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c05796

The potential of microplastics to act as a vector for micropollutants of natural or anthropogenic origin is of rising concern. Cyanobacterial toxins, including microcystins, are harmful to humans and wildlife. In this study, we demonstrate for the fi... Read More about Potentially poisonous plastic particles: microplastics as a vector for cyanobacterial toxins microcystin-LR and microcystin-LF..

Radiolytic degradation of 2-methylisoborneol and geosmin in water: reactive radical species and transformation pathways. (2021)
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CHRISTOPHORIDIS, C., PESTANA, C.J., KALOUDIS, T., LAWTON, L.A., TRIANTIS, T.M. and HISKIA, A. 2021. Radiolytic degradation of 2-methylisoborneol and geosmin in water: reactive radical species and transformation pathways. Chemical engineering journal advances [online], 15, article 100196. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceja.2021.100196

Water radiolysis can serve as a useful tool to study the degradation of organic pollutants in water. Manipulation of the radiolytic system enables the selective production of reactive species (RS) with known yields. Our aim was to explore the effects... Read More about Radiolytic degradation of 2-methylisoborneol and geosmin in water: reactive radical species and transformation pathways..

Comparison of UV-A photolytic and UV/TiO2 photocatalytic effects on Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystin analogues: a pilot scale study. [Dataset] (2021)
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MENEZES, I., CAPELO-NETO, J., PESTANA, C.J., CLEMENTE, A., HUI, J., IRVINE, J.T.S., GUNARATNE, H.Q.N., ROBERTSON, P.K.J., EDWARDS, C., GILLANDERS, R.N., TURNBULL, G.A. and LAWTON, L.A. 2021. Comparison of UV-A photolytic and UV/TiO2 photocatalytic effects on Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystin analogues: a pilot scale study. [Dataset]. Journal of environmental management [online], 298, article 113519. Available from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479721015814#appsec1

Cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater reservoirs represent a threat to human and animal health because of the potential release of a wide variety of harmful metabolites, known collectively as cyanotoxins. Microcystins (MCs) are one of the most commonly... Read More about Comparison of UV-A photolytic and UV/TiO2 photocatalytic effects on Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystin analogues: a pilot scale study. [Dataset].

Comparison of UV-A photolytic and UV/TiO2 photocatalytic effects on Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystin analogues: a pilot scale study. (2021)
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MENEZES, I., CAPELO-NETO, J., PESTANA, C.J., CLEMENTE, A., HUI, J., IRVINE, J.T.S., GUNARATNE, H.Q.N., ROBERTSON, P.K.J., EDWARDS, C., GILLANDERS, R.N., TURNBULL, G.A. and LAWTON, L.A. 2021. Comparison of UV-A photolytic and UV/TiO2 photocatalytic effects on Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystin analogues: a pilot scale study. Journal of environmental management [online], 298, article 113519. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113519

To date, the high cost of supplying UV irradiation has prevented the widespread application of UV photolysis and titanium dioxide based photocatalysis in removing undesirable organics in the water treatment sector. To overcome this problem, the use o... Read More about Comparison of UV-A photolytic and UV/TiO2 photocatalytic effects on Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystin analogues: a pilot scale study..

Detection of morphological changes caused by chemical stress in the cyanobacterium Planktothrix agardhii using convolutional neural networks. [Dataset] (2021)
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CARLOTO, I., JOHNSTON, P., PESTANA, C.J. and LAWTON, L.A. 2021. Detection of morphological changes caused by chemical stress in the cyanobacterium Planktothrix agardhii using convolutional neural networks. [Dataset]. Science of the total environment [online], 784, article 146956. Available from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S004896972102026X#s0105

The presence of harmful algal bloom in many reservoirs around the world, alongside the lack of sanitation law/ordinance regarding cyanotoxin monitoring (particularly in developing countries), create a scenario in which the local population could pote... Read More about Detection of morphological changes caused by chemical stress in the cyanobacterium Planktothrix agardhii using convolutional neural networks. [Dataset].

Detection of morphological changes caused by chemical stress in the cyanobacterium Planktothrix agardhii using convolutional neural networks. (2021)
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CARLOTO, I., JOHNSTON, P., PESTANA, C.J. and LAWTON, L.A. 2021. Detection of morphological changes caused by chemical stress in the cyanobacterium Planktothrix agardhii using convolutional neural networks. Science of the total environment [online], 784, article 146956. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146956

The presence of harmful algal bloom in many reservoirs around the world, alongside the lack of sanitation law/ordinance regarding cyanotoxin monitoring (particularly in developing countries), create a scenario in which the local population could pote... Read More about Detection of morphological changes caused by chemical stress in the cyanobacterium Planktothrix agardhii using convolutional neural networks..

Effect of hydrogen peroxide on natural phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in a drinking water reservoir: mesocosm-scale study. (2021)
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SANTOS, A.A., GUEDES, D.O., BARROS, M.U.G., OLIVEIRA, S., PACHECO, A.B.F., AZEVEDO, S.M.F.O., MAGALHÃES, V.F., PESTANA, C.J., EDWARDS, C., LAWTON, L.A. and CAPELO-NETO, J. 2021. Effect of hydrogen peroxide on natural phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in a drinking water reservoir: mesocosm-scale study. Water research [online], 197, article 117069. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117069

Cyanobacterial blooms are increasingly reported worldwide, presenting a challenge to water treatment plants and concerning risks to human health and aquatic ecosystems. Advanced oxidative processes comprise efficient and safe methods for water treatm... Read More about Effect of hydrogen peroxide on natural phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in a drinking water reservoir: mesocosm-scale study..

Oxidative stress in the cyanobacterium microcystis aeruginosa PCC 7813: comparison of different analytical cell stress detection assays. (2020)
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MENEZES, I., MAXWELL-MCQUEENEY, D., CAPELO-NETO, J., PESTANA, C.J., EDWARDS, C. and LAWTON, L.A. 2021. Oxidative stress in the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa PCC 7813: comparison of different analytical cell stress detection assays. Chemosphere [online], 269, article ID 128766. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.128766

Cyanobacterial blooms are observed when high cell densities occur and are often dangerous to human and animal health due to the presence of cyanotoxins. Conventional drinking water treatment technology struggles to efficiently remove cyanobacterial c... Read More about Oxidative stress in the cyanobacterium microcystis aeruginosa PCC 7813: comparison of different analytical cell stress detection assays..

Graphitic-C3N4 coated floating glass beads for photocatalytic destruction of synthetic and natural organic compounds in water under UV light. (2020)
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HUI, J., PESTANA, C.J., CAUX, M., GUNARATNE, H.Q.N., EDWARDS, C., ROBERTSON, P.K.J., LAWTON, L.A. and IRVINE, J.T.S. 2020. Graphitic-C3N4 coated floating glass beads for photocatalytic destruction of synthetic and natural organic compounds in water under UV light. Journal of photochemistry and photobiology A: chemistry [online], 405, article ID 112935. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotochem.2020.112935

Many drinking water reservoirs can contain organic pollutants such as artificial synthesized dye and drugs. On the other hand, some naturally occurring microorganisms such as cyanobacteria, are capable of producing toxic secondary metabolites (cyanot... Read More about Graphitic-C3N4 coated floating glass beads for photocatalytic destruction of synthetic and natural organic compounds in water under UV light..

Degradation of microcystin-LR and cylindrospermopsin by continuous flow UV-A photocatalysis over immobilised TiO2. (2020)
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CAMACHO-MUÑOZ, D., FERVERS, A.-S., PESTANA, C.J., EDWARDS, C. and LAWTON, L.A. 2020. Degradation of microcystin-LR and cylindrospermopsin by continuous flow UV-A photocatalysis over immobilised TiO2. Journal of environmental management [online], 276, article ID 111368. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111368

The increasing presence of freshwater toxins have brought new challenges to preserve water quality due to their potential impact on the environment and human health. Two commonly occurring cyanotoxins, microcystin-LR and cylindrospermopsin, with diff... Read More about Degradation of microcystin-LR and cylindrospermopsin by continuous flow UV-A photocatalysis over immobilised TiO2..

Photocatalytic removal of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystins by TiO2 coated porous glass beads with UV-LED irradiation. (2020)
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PESTANA, C.J., PORTELA NORONHA, J., HUI, J., EDWARDS, C., GUNARATNE, H.Q.N., IRVINE, J.T.S., ROBERTSON, P.K.J., CAPELO-NETO, J. and LAWTON, L.A. 2020. Photocatalytic removal of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystins by TiO2 coated porous glass beads with UV-LED irradiation. Science of the total environment [online], 745, article number 141154. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141154

Cyanobacteria and their toxic secondary metabolites are a challenge in water treatment due to increased biomass and dissolved metabolites in the raw water. Retrofitting existing water treatment infrastructure is prohibitively expensive or unfeasible,... Read More about Photocatalytic removal of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7813 and four microcystins by TiO2 coated porous glass beads with UV-LED irradiation..

Internal loading potential of phosphorus in reservoirs along a semiarid watershed. (2020)
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MOURA, D.S., ALMEIDA, A.S.O.D., PESTANA, C.J., GIRÃO, L.G., and CAPELO-NETO, J. 2020. Internal loading potential of phosphorus in reservoirs along a semiarid watershed. Revista Brasileira de recursos hídricos [online], 25, article ID e13. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1590/2318-0331.252020180023

All rights reserved. Sediments are important to nutrient dynamics, especially due to phosphorus internal loading. Several studies have observed that internal loading could prevent water quality from improving in lakes, even when external phosphorus l... Read More about Internal loading potential of phosphorus in reservoirs along a semiarid watershed..

'All in one' photo-reactor pod containing TiO2 coated glass beads and LEDs for continuous photocatalytic destruction of cyanotoxins in water. (2020)
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GUNARATNE, H.Q.N., PESTANA, C.J., SKILLEN, N., HUI, J., SARAVANAN, S., EDWARDS, C., IRVINE, J.T.S., ROBERTSON, P.K.J. and LAWTON, L.A. 2020. ‘All in one’ photo-reactor pod containing TiO2 coated glass beads and LEDs for continuous photocatalytic destruction of cyanotoxins in water. Environmental science: water research and technology [online], 6(4), pages 945-950. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1039/c9ew00711c

Blooms of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in water reservoirs frequently produce highly toxic secondary metabolites including microcystins which have resulted in both human and animal fatalities. To tackle this global problem, we present here a viab... Read More about 'All in one' photo-reactor pod containing TiO2 coated glass beads and LEDs for continuous photocatalytic destruction of cyanotoxins in water..

Modeling phosphorus exchange between bottom sediment and water in tropical semiarid reservoirs. (2019)
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MOURA, D.S., LIMA NETO, I.E., CLEMENTE, A., OLIVEIRA, S., PESTANA, C.J., APARECIDA DE MELO, M. and CAPELO-NETO, J. 2020. Modeling phosphorus exchange between bottom sediment and water in tropical semiarid reservoirs. Chemosphere [online], 246, article ID 125686. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125686

This study investigated phosphorus (P) dynamics in the sediment-water interface of three distinct reservoirs located in a tropical semiarid region. Sequential chemical fractioning of the P content in the sediment and controlled experiments of the sed... Read More about Modeling phosphorus exchange between bottom sediment and water in tropical semiarid reservoirs..

Removal of microcystins from a waste stabilisation lagoon: evaluation of a packed-bed continuous flow TiO2 reactor. (2019)
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PESTANA, C.J., HOBSON, P., ROBERTSON, P.K.J., LAWTON, L.A. and NEWCOMBE, G. 2020. Removal of microcystins from a waste stabilisation lagoon: evaluation of a packed-bed continuous flow TiO2 reactor. Chemosphere [online], 245, article number 125575. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125575

Photocatalysis has been shown to successfully remove microcystins (MC) in laboratory experiments. Most research to date has been performed under ideal conditions in pure or ultrapure water. In this investigation the efficiency of photocatalysis using... Read More about Removal of microcystins from a waste stabilisation lagoon: evaluation of a packed-bed continuous flow TiO2 reactor..

Trends in crop reference evapotranspiration and climatological variables across Ceará state: Brazil. (2019)
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PAULINO, V.E.N., STUDART, T.M.C., CAMPOS, J.N.B., PESTANA, C.J., LUNA, R.M., ALVES, J.M.B. 2019. Trends in crop reference evapotranspiration and climatological variables across Ceará state: Brazil. Revista Brasileira de meteorologia [online], 34(1), pages 79-88. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-7786334017

Irrigation has a substantial share in total world water demand. At the global level, the withdrawal ratio for agriculture is 69 percent. Irrigation is necessary to compensate evapotranspiration (ET) deficit due to insufficient precipitation. Knowing... Read More about Trends in crop reference evapotranspiration and climatological variables across Ceará state: Brazil..

The effect of water treatment unit processes on cyanobacterial trichome integrity. (2018)
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PESTANA, C.J., CAPELO-NETO, J., LAWTON, L., OLIVEIRA, S., CARLOTO, I. and LINHARES, H.P. 2019. The effect of water treatment unit processes on cyanobacterial trichome integrity. Science of the total environment [online], 659, pages 1403-1414. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.337

Many toxic and/or noxious cyanobacteria appear in nature with a filamentous, stacked cell arrangement called trichomes. Although water treatment can be optimized to keep cyanobacterial cells intact and to avoid the release of toxic and/or noxious com... Read More about The effect of water treatment unit processes on cyanobacterial trichome integrity..

Consumer perception of water quality during an off-flavor event in Fortaleza-Brazil. (2018)
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PESTANA, C.J., CAPELO NETO, J., BARROS, M.U.G., MENEZES, I., GÓIS, A. and SANTOS, G. 2019. Consumer perception of water quality during an off-flavor event in Fortaleza-Brazil. Journal of water supply: research and technology-Aqua [online], 68(1), pages 63-73. Available from: https://doi.org/10.2166/aqua.2018.077

During a taste and odor episode (2-methylisoborneol) in a reservoir that supplies the Fortaleza Metropolitan Region, Brazil, two surveys were conducted to determine tap water usage behavior as well as the sensory sensitivity towards off-flavors of pa... Read More about Consumer perception of water quality during an off-flavor event in Fortaleza-Brazil..

Treatment challenge of a cyanobacterium Romeria elegans bloom in a South Australian wastewater treatment plant: a case study. (2016)
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PRAPTIWI, R.A., PESTANA, C.J., SAWADE, E.T., SWAIN, N., SCHROEDER, G. and NEWCOMBE, G. 2017. Treatment challenge of a cyanobacterium Romeria elegans bloom in a South Australian wastewater treatment plant: a case study. Environmental technology [online], 38(6), 782-788. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2016.1262454

A bloom of the non-toxic cyanobacterium Romeria elegans in waste stabilisation ponds (WSPs) within Angaston waste water treatment plant (WWTP) has posed an unprecedented treatment challenge for the local water utility. The water from the WSPs is chlo... Read More about Treatment challenge of a cyanobacterium Romeria elegans bloom in a South Australian wastewater treatment plant: a case study..

Bioindicators assessing water quality and environmental impacts of water treatment plant sludge. (2016)
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ABREU DA COSTA, T.R.A., WEBER, O.B., PESTANA, C.J. and CAPELO-NETO, J. 2017. Bioindicators assessing water quality and environmental impacts of water treatment plant sludge. International journal of environment and sustainable development [online], 16(1), pages 25-42. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJESD.2017.10001350

This study had as objectives to assess water quality using macroinvertebrate communities in Gaviao artificial reservoir (Brazil), used to supply potable water to 2.5 million people, and to evaluate how these organisms responded to the discharge of wa... Read More about Bioindicators assessing water quality and environmental impacts of water treatment plant sludge..