Our Algal Innovation Community of Interest connects utilities with researchers to accelerate novel technology transfer for algal management into the water industry. The COI is a valuable forum for researchers, government and industry to share knowledge and challenges, discuss recent events, and stay up-to-date with the latest technologies, research progress and emerging issues in cyanobacteria.
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Projects #1123, #1125 and #1138 are well underway! These projects explore three distinct areas of algal bloom management and are helping to set the foundation for what's to come:
You can see more of what innovative research and initiatives you can contribute to below.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a serious global issue in freshwater lakes, rivers and reservoirs, wastewater stabilization lagoons, and marine environment.
Although research has demonstrated multiple environmental factors as contributing to algal blooms outbreaks, the exact trigger that initiate their occurrence are still poorly understood. This is of significant concern to water industry and health authorities, as any breakthrough of cyanobacteria cells (both toxic and non-toxic) into water treatment plants, even in low cell numbers, can lead to chemical and/or microbial contaminants being released into treated water, which poses a serious public health risk.
Supported by an active and committed group of member organisations and trusted partners who form our Algal Innovation COI, WaterRA through it’s BIG Team of utility, research and health department members will build upon our vast collection of foundational cyanobacteria research to develop and implement a series of priority activities — delivered in four stages across three years — designed to address current and emerging HABs challenges and safeguard the future our water through innovative technology.
Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae (BGA), are a group of diverse photosynthetic bacteria that occupy a broad range of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including extreme environments. Known as the earth’s oldest organism – dating back around 3.5 billion years – they are abundant components of aquatic ecosystems, particularly in eutrophicated waters, and may form blooms in water bodies.
|7th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacterial Workshop
Held every two years, the workshop provides an opportunity for researchers, government and industry from Australia and New Zealand to come together and discuss recent events, research progress and emerging issues in cyanobacteria.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 7th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacterial Workshop will be held in 2021.
Further information on the 2021 Workshop can be found here.
If you are a WaterRA member and interested in joining the Algal Innovation CoI click on the link below to submit your request which will be reviewed by our Research Team. If approved, you will be added to the specialised COI mailing list and granted access to COI member only content including updates on new, current and future research opportunities, invitations to exclusive events and additional resources.