Fifth National Cyanobacterial Workshop

The Fifth National Cyanobacteria Workshop (NCW5) was held at Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane, from 29-30 September 2016.

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.

At the workshop we discussed 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.

Other members of the committee were:

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


Water Research Australia Limited 


Resources from the workshop

Download the abstracts from this workshop here


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