The Second National Workshop was held on 2-3 August 2010 in Melbourne, Victoria.

This National cyanobacterial workshop was hosted by the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria; the Department of Health, Victoria; and Water Quality Research Australia.

Attending the workshop were people involved in the management of public health, water resources and water supplies, and core cyanobacterial research. The conference theme was: Cyanobacteria in Australia – Bloom Management, Research and Future Options

The workshop was organised by:

  • Louisa Davis – Project Officer, Water Industry Governance, Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria
  • Vanora Mulvenna – Senior Policy Officer, Water Policy Section, Department of Health Victoria
  • Luc Richard – Department of Health Victoria
  • Dr Lee Bowling – NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
  • Dr Will Buchanan – Barwon Water, Victoria
  • Dr Daniel Mainville – Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
  • Greg Smith – Goulburn-Murray Water
  • Dr Michele Akeroyd – Water Quality Research Australia
  • Mark Vanner – Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • Angela Gackle – Water Quality Research Australia


Ian Falconer, U of A: Toxic Cyanobacteria – Where now?

Gayle Newcombe, AWQC: The development of Australian and international guidance manuals for the management of cyanobacteria

Mike Burch, AWQC: Controlling cyanobacteria: Alternative and innovative methods for algal control

Jared Koutsoukas, Dept of Health WA: Keynote address – Quantitative molecular, morphological and analytical assessment of blue-green algae bloom events in water

Rita Henderson, UNSW Water Research Centre: Size, strength and structure of micro-algae flocs during water treatment

Anas Gadouani, U of WA: Engineering solutions for the reduction and removal of toxin-producing cyanobacteria from waterways

Feng Qian, U of Melb: Dewatering of cyanobacteria-rich sludge

Lionel Ho, AWQC: Optimising water treatment processes for the removal of cyanobacteria and their metabolites

Natasha Ryan, NSW Office of Water: New South Wales Algal management strategy: A review

Heather Bishop, NHMRC: Revision of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

Bruce Gray, DEWHA: Revision of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality and the Australian Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting

Vanora Mulvenna, Dept of Health, Vic: Summary of state-based guidelines and management frameworks

Andrew Humpage, AWQC: CyanoSurvey – A national update on the distribution of toxic cyanobacteria

Thang Nguyen, RMIT: Using an algal online analyser for detecting the presence of cyanobacteria in biologically treated effluent

David Waite, UNSW: Impact of iron species transformations on growth and toxicity of cyanobacterial Microcystis species

Tim Malthus, CSIRO Land & Water: Potential of the enhanced spectral and spatial features of, the WorldView-2 satellite sensor for monitoring blooms in inland waters

Nagur Cherukuru, CSIRO Land & Water: Estimating water quality and bloom status using hyperspatial optical measurements: A case study in Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra

Elke Reichwaldt, U of WA: Cyanobacterial toxin dynamics: What can we learn from spatial and temporal variability?

Brad Sherman, CSIRO: Cyanobacterial bloom dynamics – some lessons from the Nineties and the Noughties

Yoshi Kobayashi, DECCW, NSW: Cyanobacteria in inland floodplain wetlands

Felicity Roddick, RMIT: Using test strips to detect microcystin in lagoon-treated wastewater

Kumar Eliezer, ALS Environ Water Resources Group: Developing a rational basis to meet operational needs in the management of nuisance cyanobacterial occurrences in water sources

Glenn McGregor, Qld DERM: A new potentially toxic cyanobacterium from Australian freshwaters: First report of the cyanotoxins cylindrospermopsin and deoxy-cylindrospermopsin from Raphidiopsis mediterranea (Cyanobacteria/Nostocales)

Philip Orr, Seqwater: Production dynamics of cylindrospermopsins by an Australian strain of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskiiisolated from a drinking water storage reservoir in SE Qld

Larelle Fabbro, CQU: Taxonomy and ecology of toxin-producing Limnothrix

Suzanne Froscio, AWQC: Novel toxic activity associated with the cyanobacteria Limnothrix: Use of screening assays for detection

Michele Burford, GU, Australian Rivers Institute: Factors promoting the dominance of the toxic freshwater cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii

Ian Stewart, Qld Health & Forensic Services: Mullet are efficient bioaccumulators of nodularin. Field investigation of a toxic Nodulariabloom in SE Qld, and the public health implications of dietary exposure to nodularin

Jackie Myers, RMIT: Uptake and depuration of nodularin in seafood species: A human health risk assessment