Harmful Algae Identification

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General information

Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses on harmful microalgae. The purpose has been to improve the taxonomic and identification skills of the partici-pants for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.

The present in-country course organised jointly by Ilan University and the IOC Science and Communication Centre on HArmful Algae at University of Copenhagen, includes 80 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts, each consisting of 40 hours of teaching. The first part of the course is an internet teaching programme mainly for self-study of background material of the various groups of harmful algae, while the second part is a practical course in species identification.

Part I - Distant learning

The distant learning programme is using the UNESCO/IOC platform ‘Ocean Teacher’. The programme consists of 7 modules. There is an introductory text to each module and in some cases also technical documents with information on terminology, sample preparation etc.

Part II – Taxonomy and Species identification

This part of the course will focus on identification of harmful algal species, with particular reference to the ‘IOC Taxonomic Reference List on Toxic Plankton Algae’. The use of electron microscopy will be introduced, but practical exercises are not included.


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, Israel

Dr. Noga Stambler
The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences
Building 201 first floor room 12
Bar –Ilan University
Ramat Gan


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