• Project No 4516
  • Project Name Characterisation of Cyanobacteria and their metabolites by fluorescence
  • Lead Organisation UNSW Sydney
  • Research Lead UNSW Sydney
  • Main Researcher Sara Imran Khan
  • Completion Year 2019

Status: Complete

Focus Area: Source & Catchments

National Research Priority: Liveability

Project Description

Detection of Algal and Cyanobacterial blooms have increased in lakes, rivers and reservoirs over the last two decades. This hampers drinking water treatment processes due to the high cell numbers and the release of algal organic matter that comprises toxins and taste and odour compounds. This project examined the in-depth potential of in situ fluorometers to improve early warning of bloom development via the analysis of fluorescent cell pigments to give an estimate of cell biovolume.

PhD Thesis completed by Sara Imran Khan in March 2019.