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ATLANTOX : Advanced Tests about New Toxins appeared in Atlantic Area


The effects of climate change and global temperature rising are imminent, irreversible and they impact directly or indirectly on the marine environment and population. Marine ecosystems are under the effects produced by fluctuation in water temperature; this is responsible for the settlement of favorable ecological conditions for toxins reproduction. Although the Atlantic area coast is not probably the most affected by the negative influence of climate changes, with more pressing in warmer waters, its effects are already visible and worrying, requiring actions to ensure optimum levels of food safety for people of this coastal area and to minimize the further impact of its consequences in other sectors such as fisheries or tourism. Toxic episodes are a major public health problem whose impact is moved to areas such as tourism and a reduced consumption of seafood. Many local economies of this coast space are subjected to uncertainty to rely upon live resources that are experiencing intense natural variability. Referring to this, the priority is presented to tackle the appearing and multiplying of marine biotoxins, it is to determine and ensure an effective control system detecting them, a fast and reliable one. The current mode of reference in the European Union, the mouse bioassay, it is not sufficiently sensitive, shows a significant change, requires time, is vulnerable to interference and is unethical in terms of animal welfare. The main objective of this project is to support and accelerate the development and introduction of a proper and efficient method of fast alternative controlling based on antibodies and functional tests for biotoxins.

Project information

University of Santiago de Compostela (ES)

University of Santiago de Compostela (ES); Institute of Agri-Food and Land Use (QUB) (UK); Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) (UK); Cork Institute of Technology (IE); CIIMAR (PT); Laboratoire de Neurobiologie Cellulaire et Moléculaire (CNRS) (FR); ANFACO-CECOPESCA (ES)

Source of funding
Interreg IV B Atlantic Area

Reference information



Atlantic area, Toxic episodes, marine biotoxins, monitoring



Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures


Vulnerability Assessment


Coastal areas, Marine and Fisheries

Geographic characterization


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