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Job title Professor
Department Botany
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais ( UFMG)
Av. Antonio Carlos 6627 Belo Horizonte 31270-010
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Av. Antonio Carlos 6627
Belo Horizonte
Minas Gerais
Regions Black Sea
Tel 55 31 34092681
Fax 55 31 34092671
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Degree PhD
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Fisheries, Aquaculture , Pollution , Research Support Services , Limnology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Pollution , Research Support Services , Limnology
Research Activities Teaching graduate and undergraduate course at the university (algae, ecology); Research on freshwater water bodies under eutrophication impacts; Supervision of students (undergraduate and graduate -MSc and PhD); Conferences in meetings; Cooperation with national and international partners (governamental, academic, private) developping projects on studies for magement and restoration of aquatic systems.
Research Region Lakes and reservoirs in Brazilian Cerrado (Savanah) area and in Canada (Cooperat
Skills/Expertise Cyanobacteria taxonomic identification; Cyanotoxins measurements, identification and characterization(Elisa, HPLC, phospahtase) Molecular detection of toxin genes; Cyanobacteria diversity (taxonomical, chemical, molecular); Cyanobacteria ecology, harmful bloom development, dominance; Laboratory experiments and algal physiology.
Comments I am interested in interacting with more people working on harmful blooms of algae and cyanobacteria
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Alessandra GIANI)

PIMENTEL, J. S. M. ; Giani, Alessandra . 2013. Estimating toxic cyanobacteria in a natural environment by quantitative Real Time PCR, based on the microcystin sinthetase D gene. Journal of Applied Phycology 100: 991-999.
ORIHEL, DIANE M. ; BIRD, DAVID F. ; Brylinsky, Michael ; Chen, Huirong ; DONALD, DEREK B. ; HUANG, DOROTHY Y. ; GIANI, ALESSANDRA ; Kinniburgh, David ; Kling, Hedy ; KOTAK, BRIAN G. ; LEAVITT, PETER R. ; NIELSEN, CHARLENE C. ; Reedyk, Sharon ; ROONEY, REBECCA C. ; WATSON, SUE B. ; ZURAWELL, RON W. ; VINEBROOKE, ROLF D. ; SMITH, RALPH E.H. 2012. High microcystin concentrations occur only at low nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratios in nutrient-rich Canadian lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Online), 69:1457-1462
Gomes, L.N.L. ; Oliveira, S.M.A.C. ; Giani, Alessandra ; SPERLING, Eduardo Von . 2012. Association Between Biotic and Abiotic Parameters and the Occurrence of Cyanobacteria in a Brazilian Reservoir. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Print), 184: 4635-4645
Pereira, Daniel A. ; Pimenta, Adriano M.C. ; Giani, Alessandra . 2012. Profiles of toxic and non-toxic oligopeptides of Radiocystis fernandoii (Cyanobacteria) exposed to three different light intensities. Microbiological Research (Print), 167: 413-421
BOECHAT, I. G. ; KRUEGER, A. ; Giani, Alessandra ; Figueredo, C. C. ; GUECKER, B. . 2011. Agricultural land-use affects the nutritional qualityof stream microbial communities. FEMS Microbiology, Ecology (Print), 77:. 568-576
Deblois, Charles P. ; Giani, Alessandra ; Bird, David F. . 2011. Experimental model of microcystin accumulation in the liver of Oreochromis niloticus exposed subchronically to a toxic bloom of Microcystis sp.. Aquatic Toxicology, 103: 63-70
Piccini, C. ; Abriot, L. ; Fabre, A. ; Amaral, V. ; González-Piana, M. ; Giani, Alessandra ; Figueredo, C. C. ; Vidal, L. ; Kruk, C. ; Bonilla, S. .2011. Genetic and eco-physiological differences of South American Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii isolates support the hypothesis of multiple ecotypes. Harmful Algae, 10: 644-653
RUCKERT, Gabriela Von ; Giani, Alessandra ; DUTRA, L. V. . 2010. Assessing the occurence of cyanobacteria blooms in a large Brazilian reservoir using satellite remote sensing. Verhandlungen - Internationale Vereinigung fur Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie / Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, 30: 1345-1348
FIGUEREDO, C. C. ; Giani, Alessandra . 2009. Phytoplankton community in the tropical lake of Lagoa Santa (Brazil): conditions favoring a persistent bloom of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii.. Limnologica (Jena), 39:264-272
GUECKER, B. ; Giani, Alessandra ; BOECHAT, I. G. .2009. Impacts of agricultural land use on ecosystem structure and whole-stream metabolism of tropical Cerrado streams. Freshwater Biology (Print), 54: 2069-2085
VIANA, Mônica ; Giani, Alessandra ; MELO, C. S. ; Gomes, L.N.L. ; LIBANIO, M. 2009. Avaliacao da remocao de saxitoxinas por meio de tecnicas de tratamento das aguas de abastecimento.. Engenharia Sanitária e Ambiental, 14: 193-204
FIGUEREDO, C. C. ; Giani, Alessandra ; Lemos, J.P. . 2009. Photosynthetic capacity of three phytoplanktonic species measured by a pulse amplitude fluorometric method. Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology (Impresso), 21: 167-174
RÜCKERT, Gabriela Von ; Giani, Alessandra . (2008) Biological interactions in the plankton community of a tropical eutrophic reservoir: is the phytoplankton controlled by zooplankton?. Journal of Plankton Research, 30,: 1157-1168
DEBLOIS, Charles ; ARANDA-RODRIGUEZ, Rocio ; Giani, Alessandra ; BIRD, David F . 2008. Microcystin accumulation in liver and muscle of tilapia in two large Brazilian hydroelectric reservoirs. Toxicon, 3079,:1-14
BOECHAT, I. G. ; Giani, Alessandra . (2008) Seasonality affects diel cycles of seston biochemical composition in a tropical reservoir. Journal of Plankton Research, 30: 1417-1430,
Figueredo, C.C., A. Giani. & D. F. Bird. 2007. Does allelopathy contribute to Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii blooms occurrence and geographic expansion? Journal of Phycology in press (April 2007)
Rolland, A., Bird, D., Giani, A. 2005. Effects of environmental factors and composition of cyanobacterial communities on the occurrence of hepatotoxic blooms in the Eastern Townships, Quebec. Journal of Plankton Research 27: 683-694
Figueredo, C. C., Giani, A. 2005. Ecological interactions between Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and the phytoplanktonic community of the Furnas Reservoir(Brazil). Freshwater Biology 50:1391-1403
Pinto-Coelho, R.M., Giani, A., Bezerra Neto, J. F., Morais JR, C.A.. 2005. The nutritional status of zooplankton in a tropical reservoir: effects of food quality and community structure. Revista Brasileira de Biologia 65: 313-324
Giani, A., Bird, D., Prairie, Y., Lawrence, J. 2005. Empirical study of cyanobacterial toxicity along a trophic gradient of lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62: 1-10
Rückert, G. von, Giani, A. 2004. Effect of two nitrogen sources on the growth and the protein concentration of Microcystis viridis (Cyanobacteria). Revista Brasileira de Botânica 27: 325-331
Pinto-Coelho, R.M., Bezerra-Neto, J. F., Giani, A., Macedo, C. F., Figueredo, C. C. 2003. The collapse of a Daphnia laevis (Birge, 1878) population in Pampulha reservoir, Brazil.Acta Limnologica brasiliensis 15: 53-70
Almeida, L.M.R. & A. Giani. 2001. Phytoplankton of the Ibirité Reservoir (MG) and taxonomy of species. BIOS 18: 32-38.
Figueredo, C. C., Giani, A. 2001. Seasonal variation in the diversity and species richness of phytoplankton in a tropical eutrophic reservoir. Hydrobiologia 445: 165-174
Boechat, I. & A. Giani. 2000. Factors affecting the biochemical composition of seston in an eutrophic reservoir (Pampulha Reservoir, Belo Horizonte, MG). Revista. Brasileira de Biologia: 63-71.

Created: 2007-01-20 Last Updated: 2016-07-04 by Alessandra GIANI