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"Eutrophication in different coastal areas of the south-eastern Baltic Sea"

Spatial interpolation of plankton net primary productivity,
southern Gulf of Riga, May 1996

FW4, MAST III/INCO BASYS (1996-1999)
(MAS3-CT96-0058 and IC20-CT96-0080)


"Baltic Sea System study"


(MAS3-CT97-0149 and IC20-CT98-0109)


"Importance of dissolved organic matter from terrestrial sources
for the production, community structure and toxicity of phytoplankton
of the European Atlantic and Baltic coastal waters; role of micropredators
for transmission of toxins to commercial shellfish and fish larvae"

Partners and study areas:
CREMA-FR Centre de Recherche en Ecologie Marine et Aquaculture, France
EMI-E Estonian Marine Institute, Tallinn, Estonia
UNIL-LV Institute of Aquatic Ecology, University of Latvia, Riga 
UNIK-SE Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences. University of Kalmar, Sweden
lUNID-UK Department of Biological Sciences, University of Dundee, United Kingdom

Partners and study areas

The main tasks:
To investigate whether uptake of dissolved organic nutrients from terrestrial sources promote the growth of toxin-producing microalgae and/or cyanobacteria, and thus influence the community structure.
To investigate whether dissolved organic nutrients from terrestrial sources can promote toxin production in toxins-forming microalgae and cyanobacteria.
To determine whether the predation of cyanobacteria may be a source of toxins in toxic dinoflagellate blooms, and to investigate whether the predation of cyanobacteria by ciliates and toxic mixotrophic dinoflagellates is a pathway for the transfer of toxin to commercial filterfeeding shellfish and fish larvae.

Project DOMTOX


US ONR Grant

"Joint NRL-Latvia Research on Harbour Remediation in Liepaja Latvia"

FW5, Thematic network III/INCO ALGINET (2003-2006)



"Microalgae as Cell Factories for Chemical and Biochemical Products"

The main tasks:
Summary of European algae collections.
Research and development strategy determination.
Current uses of microalgae in industrial processes.
Limitations on the uses of microalgae.
Technology dissemination.

FW5, CHARM (2002-2004)

"Characterization of the Baltic Sea Ecosystem: Dynamics and Function of Coastal Types"

ERASMUS Network (started 2003)

"Joint Masters in water and coastal management"

Project coordinator:
Alice Newton 
University of Algarve

The main tasks:
Training of Masters in Water and Coastal Management and Research
Prepare specialists for European job market (managers and scientists for the WFD and ICZM implementation and sustainability)
Improve the quality and effectiveness of education and training systems
Open education and training systems up to the world


ERASMUS Network partners


ERASMUS Curriculum Development project (2003-2005)
SOCRATES programme ERASMUS action

“Master of Inland Water Quality Assesment"

Project coordinator:
Dr. Karl Otto Waara, Västera University, Sweeden


National projects

Project of Latvian Environmental Protection Fund (2008)

"Establishment of the bioassay systems in Latvia" 2
nd stage

Project of Latvian Environmental Protection Fund (2007)

"Establishment of the bioassay systems in Latvia" 1
st stage


Project of Latvian Council of Science (2005-2008)
(LV ZP 05.1515)

"The influence of anthropogenic load on sustainable development and quality of fish resources in Latvian water bodies and fish farms"

Cooperation project of Latvian Council of Science (2001-2005)
(LV ZP 05.0025)

"Elaboration of the scientific basis for sustainable management of the Open Baltic Ecosystems"