Fourth National Cyanobacterial Workshop 2014

Benefits and application of research and technology for the management of cyanobacteria

Fourth National Workshop, September 22-24 September, 2014, Adelaide, South Australia

This National cyanobacteria workshop was hosted by SA Water, the University of Adelaide and Water Research Australia Limited.

Attending the workshop were people from Australia, New Zealand and China involved in the management of public health, water resources and drinking water supplies, and core cyanobacterial research.


The workshop was organised by Dr Gayle Newcombe, Manager Customer Value & Water Quality Research, Australian Water Quality Centre, SA Water, together with an organising committee comprising:

Dr Andrew Humpage – Australian Water Quality Centre, SA Water

Associate Professor Justin Brookes – Earth and Environment Sciences, University of Adelaide

Dr Claudia Junge – Earth and Environment Sciences, University of Adelaide

Dr Anna Rigosi – Earth and Environment Sciences, University of Adelaide

Dr Virginie Gaget – University of Adelaide

Ms Claire McInnes – Water Research Australia Limited

Ms Angela Gackle – Water Research Australia Limited


Sponsorship provided by the following organisations is gratefully acknowledged:

Water Research Australia Limited

Murray Darling Basin Authority

SA Health

SA Water Corporation


Resources from the Workshop


Landsat TM image of Lake Eyre on March 28, 2011.  Courtesy of Geoscience Australia

Landsat TM image (above) of Lake Eyre on March 28, 2011. Courtesy of Geoscience Australia

  • View more photos from the workshop by clicking 'view gallery' on the right hand side of this page


Click on links below to view individual presentations


Gayle Newcombe - Identifying and quantifying the benefits of cyanobacteria research for the Australian drinking water industry

Larelle Fabbro - Cyanobacterial Research in Central Queensland, - Past, Present and Future

Yoshi Kobayashi - Control measures of freshwater cyanobacterial blooms: a mini review

Catherine Bernard-Pattinson - Preliminary review of the taxonomy of closely related taxa Limnothrix and Geitlerinema’ Pseudanabaenaceae, Oscillatoriales)

Rod Oliver (Keynote) - The Redfield Ratio under challenge - Paradigm loss or the unravelling of misconceptions? (not available)

Anna Rigosi - Cyanobacterial development in warmer climate: does trophic state matter?

Susie Wood - "Toxic in crowds” - insights into microcystin regulation using mesocosms and surveys of natural lake populations

Jason Woodhouse - Temporal patterns of microbial and metabolic covariance within a freshwater cyanobacterial bloom

Michelle Burford - Environmental drivers of toxin production by the cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii 

Ming Su - MIB-producing cyanobacteria (Planktothrix sp.) in a drinking water reservoir: Distribution and odor producing potential

Yvette Gaweda - Biotic and abiotic factors influencing toxic cyanobacterial blooms in an urban and residential freshwater environment

Katie O'Neill - Saxitoxin at the Australian Drinking Water Guideline level alters neuronal differentiation of D3 embryonic stem cells

Susie Wood (Keynote) - Molecular techniques for cyanobacterial research and monitoring - current applications and future perspectives

Louise Baker - Rapid, multiplex-tandem PCR assay for automated detection and differentiation of toxigenic cyanobacterial blooms.

Leo Pinheiro - Development of CyanoDTec: A rapid molecular assay for the routine monitoring of toxic cyanobacterial blooms

Lee Bowling - Evaluation of a hand-held spectrophotometer for the proximal remote sensing of cyanobacterial abundance in water bodies.

Tim Malthus - Advances in Earth Observation based technologies to assist algal management

Bala Vigneswaran - Profiling Cyanobacteria Risk in Drinking Water Supply Reservoirs

Elke Reichwaldt - Risk based analysis for cyanobacteria in waste stabilisation ponds

Andrea Gonzalez Torres - Tailoring algal floc properties for more robust cyanobacteria removal during drinking water treatment

Arash Zamyadi - Management of toxic cyanobacteria in full scale water treatment plants

Ning Lu - Effect of bromide on treatment of algae-containing water by preozonation: cell Integrity and Br-DBPs

Emma Sawade - Effect of water quality changes on biological filtration efficacy

Peter Hobson - Hydrogen peroxide: A new way to control cyanobacteria

Petra Reeve - Management of treatment sludge impacted by cyanobacteria