• Project No 1043
  • Project Name A rapid, reliable and effective tool for assessing toxic 'algal' blooms in Vic water supplies - MT-PCR
  • Lead Organisation Melbourne Water
  • Research Lead University of Melbourne
  • Main Researcher Aaron Jex
  • Completion Year 2014

Project Description

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms decrease water quality by releasing toxins and unpalatable taste and odour compounds. The problem is that it is difficult to rapidly and accurately identify toxic cyanobacteria in drinking, recycled or recreational waters. This research developed a reliable and sensitive DNA-based PCR test which used robotic equipment to carry out the laboratory component of the test. The speed and accuracy of this diagnostic test has the potential to improve management of blooms and contribute to the maintenance of water quality.