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Contact  with the Alertox-Net consortium can be made through the project coordinator :

Prof. Luis Botana
Departamento de Farmacología
Facultad de Veterinaria
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela,    
Lugo, Spain


Deputy Coordinator:

Paz Otero Fuertes  

Departamento de Farmacología
Facultad de Veterinaria
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela,
Lugo, Spain




University of Santiago de Compostella, Spain

The 5 century old University of Santiago de Compostela stands as an important academic frame of reference. It is very active in the dissemination of knowledge internationally, and leads in Spain the promotion of spin off companies derived from intellectual property.

Prof. Luis Botana's group in the Pharmacology Department of the Veterinary Faculty has extensive experience on the study of mechanism of action, toxicology, development of detection methods for marine toxins and the use of marine toxins as drug leads. His group has also a wide experience in the relationship between marine toxins, food safety and climate change, as the evolution of protist organisms in relation with the climate variations.

In the Alertox-net project, USC is the lead partner that will coordinate all the actions to fulfill the project objectives. The group will participate in the toxicity detection “alert” system configuration and will be the linked with Galician (Region) actors for transference and dissemination of knowledge obtained in the project.


Created by Law in the year 2004 as Public Entity, INTECMAR constitutes the official instrument of the autonomous community of Galicia, for the control of the quality of the marine environment and the application of the legal provisions regarding technical-sanitary control of the products of the sea, assuming among others , the competencies and functions of the old Control Center of the Marine Environment (CCMM), which also inherited the facilities, inaugurated in 1992, and which were complemented by a new attached building, delivered by the builder in August 2009. The Institute has the dependencies, the infrastructure and the necessary and sufficient equipment to fully guarantee its functions and is accredited according to the UNE-EN-ISO / IEC 17025 standard,  "General requirements for the competence of the test and calibration laboratories" , which includes all the conditions that a test laboratory must fulfill to demonstrate that it has a management system and that is technically competent and capable of generating technically valid resultsPiloting / validating alert system for Public Administration purposes


The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast is leading the world in addressing one of the eatest global challenges – how to ensure the safety of our food. Our researchers track and prevent contamination of crops, animal feeds and foods. They help detect fraud along the supply chain and develop advanced food provenance systems, help to improve the quality of crops and the health of farm animals and their resistance to disease. This research plays a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s population, and Queen’s has become globally recognised for its excellence in Global Food Security research.

In Alertox-Net Queens University will collaborate in toxicity detection “alert” system configuration, considering environmental factors (UK regions)



CIIMAR provides innovative solutions and products responding to current economic and societal challenges, including new drugs and marine products for industrial and medicinal needs, water quality, sustainable fisheries, preparedness for and mitigation of oil spills and other emergent contaminants, environmental monitoring & risk assessment, preservation of ecosystems services, ocean & coastal management and Ocean Literacy.

In Alertox-Net they will collaborate in toxicity detection “alert” system configuration, considering environmental factors (Portugal) and link with industries (for piloting / validating the system) in the country



The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas:

  • defence and security,
  • nuclear and renewable energies,
  • technological research for industry,
  • fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

Drawing on its widely acknowledged expertise, the CEA actively participates in collaborative projects with a large number of academic and industrial partners.

In Alertox-Net CEA will collaborate in toxicity detection “alert” system configuration, considering environmental factors (France) and link with industries (for piloting / validating the system) in the country




At AZTI, we are a Technology Center where we develop sustainable products, services and business initiatives aimed at activating the industrial make-up while recovering and preserving natural resources. Transforming science into sustainable and healthy development for society today and in the future is our hallmark

Collaborating in Alertox-Net we will work on the toxicity detection “alert” system configuration, considering environmental factors and link with industries (for piloting / validating the system) in Basque Country Region (Spain)



We are the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland. We provide scientific and technical advice to Government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource.

In order to achieve our vision we have six service areas including Ocean Science and Information Services, Marine Environment & Food Safety Services, Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services, Irish Maritime Development Office, Corporate Services and Policy, Innovation and Research Support Services.We provide a range of services to ensure the aquaculture industry operates to international best practice standards and in accordance with national and European legislation and we

carry out a range of seafood safety programmes to ensure that Irish seafood products supplied to National and International markets are of the highest quality regarding food safety standards.

In this project the Marine Institute will carry our a range of tasks from communications, distribution and analysis of toxins through to piloting / validating alert system for regulatory purposes



NUI Galway ranks among the top 1% of Universities in the world. Our prestigious history spans almost two centuries. Our spectacular location boasts the unique landscape and culture of the west of Ireland. Our global network connects us to partners around the world. Our researchers are shaping the future.

In Alertox-Net NUIG are collaborating in toxicity detection “alert” system configuration, considering environmental factors (Ireland regions)



IFREMER Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer, France

Ifremer is a public institute with more than 1500 employees, 5 main centres and 26 sites in France and overseas. It is organised in 4 scientific departments, the departments involved in the projects include ODE/DYNECO (Dynamics of coastal ecosystems), ODE/UL (coastal laboratories) and RBE/SG2M (microbiological research). The expertise of these three research units is mostly focussed on microbial organisms, including bacteria and phytoplankton. Expertise ranges from knowledge on culturing and monitoring these organisms to understanding their ecology, the toxin-production and modelling their appearance. Ifremer is managing national surveillance programs for toxic phytoplankton, algal toxins and bacterial contamination of shellfish. Ifremer also hosts the national reference laboratories for microbiological contamination of bivalve molluscs, the one for molluscan pathogens and the EU reference laboratory for bivalve pathogens.

Ifremer will participate in all work-packages, in particular they will assist in identifying industry needs and detection methods. Collaborating in toxicity detection “alert” system configuration, considering environmental factors (France) and link with industries in the country.  Assist in piloting / validating alert system for Public Administration purposes


Laboratorio CIFGA S.A. , Spain

Laboratorio CIFGA S.A. is a Spanish company devoted to develop certified reference materials of biotoxins for analysis and research. CIFGA became the first company worldwide in being accredited according to ISO Guide 34 for the production of CRMs of Marine Biotoxins, providing the highest level of quality assurance. The strength of the company is based in the know-how acquired throughout the processes developed (from culturing of microorganisms to specific analysis with HPLC and/or NMR) to achieve the production of the standards that will be used for monitoring programs, controlling the environmental/food/feed safety, studying new mechanisms of action, etc.

CIFGA will cooperate in the preparation and coordination activities; in  collaborating in the dissemination actions;  they will participate in the Regional Working Group in the region of Galicia together with USC. Along with other partners, they will contribute to the mapping of the different emerging toxins in the Galician regions; and they will collaborate developing biotoxins detection methods, specifically by LC-MS/MS and will assess the possibility to isolate large quantities of biotoxins to produce reference materials from the toxic material.


Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK


Cefas’ purpose is to work alongside government and other agencies, both UK and international, to play a vital role in securing healthy marine and freshwater environments for everyone’s wellbeing, health and prosperity. The Food Safety Group at the Weymouth laboratory is focussed on delivering both routine monitoring and cutting-edge research activities in the fields of aquatic toxin chemistry and microbiology in relation to the safety of aquatic food products. The Harmful Biotoxins Team is responsible for the official control monitoring of bivalve molluscs on behalf of the UK competent authorities. In parallel we conduct R&D into emerging toxin threats, new chemical detection methodologies, toxin reference materials, cyanotoxins and chemical contaminants.

In Alertox-Net Cefas will developing and validate detection methods for emerging toxin threats, screen UK and partner samples for analytes of concern, collaborate in toxicity detection “alert” system configuration and consider environmental factors (UK regions)