The Fifth National Cyanobacteria Workshop was held on 29- 30 September 2016 in Brisbane, Queensland.

The workshop brought together researchers, managers, and policy makers involved in public health, water supply and water resources who deal with cyanobacteria and their consequences to discuss the latest cyanobacterial research and its practical application.

This National Cyanobacterial Workshop was hosted by the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Queensland.

Organisation of the workshop was led by Dr Michele Burford, Executive Deputy Director and Professor at the Australian Rivers Institute and Dr Philip Orr along with committee members:

  • Dr Anusuya Willis – Griffith University
  • Dr Karen Reardon – Queensland Health
  • Dr Barbara Sendall – Queensland Health
  • Dr Glenn McGregor – Queensland department of Science, Informatin Technology and Innovation
  • Dr Wasantha Wickramasinghe – ENTOX/University of Queensland
  • Dr Carla Littlejohn – Limnologic
  • Ms Angela Gackle – Water Research Australia

Generous support for the workshop, from the following organisations, is gratefully acknowledged:

  • Australian Rivers Institute
  • Melbourne Water
  • National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology
  • SA Water
  • Seqwater
  • Water Research Australia



Anusuya Willis: Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii strain variation – implications for understanding blooms

Md Ashraful Islam: Effects of temperature on growth and responses to UVB of the toxic cyanobacteria Anabaena circinalis and Microcystis aeruginosa

Barbara Sendall: What lies beneath? Prevalence of toxigenic Scytonema in benthic freshwater habitats in south-east Queensland

Joao Pereyra: Molecular and physiological survey of saxitoxin-producing Anabaena circinalis isolated from geographically distinct regions of Australia

David Hamilton: Connecting science, modelling capability and management of harmful cyanobacteria blooms

Lee Bowling: A bloom of Chrysosporum ovalisporum in the Murray River, 2016

Tapas Biswas: River Murray phytoplankton monitoring program

Nijoy John: Toxigenicity assessment of the Murray River bloom using a rapid and automated multiplex tandem- polymerase chain reaction

Tim Malthus: A low cost near surface sensor for algal bloom detection

John Runcie: An autonomous cyanobacteria monitoring system

Arash Zamyadi: Fate of harmful cyanobacteria and their associated metabolites in Australian water treatment plants

Amelie Prevost: Coagulation impacts on biological removal of two cyanobacteria metabolites: 2-methyl-isoborneol and geosmin

Simon Tannock: Enhanced diatom growth as a method for reduction of cyanobacteria in wastewater treatment lagoons in SE Queensland

Bradford Sherman: The impact of draft-tube mixers on thermal stratification dynamics in Googong reservoir

Michele Burford: Global HAB update

Jonathan Puddick: Fine-scale cryogenic sampling of planktonic microbial communities: application to toxic cyanobacterial blooms

Andrea Paparini: Next generation monitoring of water quality

Mark Van Asten: The development of the Phytoxigene™ CyanoDTec test from research to implementation

Rachael Poon: Applying Cyanobacteria Risk Management – A Victorian Perspective

Cameron Veal: Managing cyanobacterial toxin risks to recreators: a case study for Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii dominated inland lakes in south east Queensland

Michele Burford: Should we be controlling nitrogen or phosphorus to manage cyanobacterial blooms? Lessons from studies of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii

Klaus Joehnk: Sensing, simulating and predicting harmful algal blooms in inland waters

Ian Falconer: Cyanobacterial problems in an iconic lake – Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra

Tara McAllister: The interactive effects of flow and nitrate supply on Phormidium accrual

Laura Kelly: Enumerating toxic Phormidium autumnale in environmental samples

Ian Stewart: Acute oral toxicity of deoxy-cylindrospermopsin in male Balb/c mice

Ann Chuang: Intraspecific variation in growth, morphology and toxin quotas for the cyanobacterium, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii

Susie Wood: Risky rivers: Identifying river susceptibility and factors that promote benthic Phormidium proliferations

Glenn McGregor: A novel nodularin producing cyanobacterium from Edgbaston Reserve, north-eastern Australia