Second National Cyanobacterial Workshop 2010

Cyanobacteria in Australia – Bloom Management, Research and Future Options

Second National Workshop, August 2-3 August, 2010, Melbourne Victoria

This National cyanobacterial workshop was hosted by the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria; the Department of Health, Victoria; and Water Quality Research Australia.

Attending the workshop were people involved in the management of public health, water resources and water supplies, and core cyanobacterial research.

The workshop was organised by Louisa Davis, Project Officer, Water Industry Governance, Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria, Vanora Mulvenna, Senior Policy Officer, Water Policy Section, Department of Health Victoria and Luc Richard, Department of Health Victoria together with an organising committee comprising:

Dr Lee Bowling - NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

Dr Will Buchanan – Barwon Water, Victoria

Dr Daniel Mainville - Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria

Greg Smith - Goulburn-Murray Water

Dr Michele Akeroyd – Water Quality Research Australia

Mark Vanner – Murray Darling Basin Authority

Angela Gackle – Water Quality Research Australia


Download the Abstracts of this workshop here


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Speakers and topics

Ian Falconer, U of A: Toxic Cyanobacteria – Where now?

Gayle Newcombe, AWQC: The development of Australian and international guidance manuals for the management of cyanobacteria

Mike Burch, AWQC: Controlling cyanobacteria: Alternative and innovative methods for algal control

Jared Koutsoukas, Dept of Health WA: Keynote address - Quantitative molecular, morphological and analytical assessment of blue-green algae bloom events in water

Rita Henderson, UNSW Water Research Centre: Size, strength and structure of micro-algae flocs during water treatment

Anas Gadouani, U of WA: Engineering solutions for the reduction and removal of toxin-producing cyanobacteria from waterways

Feng Qian, U of Melb: Dewatering of cyanobacteria-rich sludge

Lionel Ho, AWQC: Optimising water treatment processes for the removal of cyanobacteria and their metabolites

Natasha Ryan, NSW Office of Water: New South Wales Algal management strategy: A review

Heather Bishop, NHMRC: Revision of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

Bruce Gray, DEWHA: Revision of the Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water Quality and the Australian Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting

Vanora Mulvenna, Dept of Health, Vic: Summary of state-based guidelines and management frameworks

Andrew Humpage, AWQC: CyanoSurvey – A national update on the distribution of toxic cyanobacteria

Thang Nguyen, RMIT: Using an algal online analyser for detecting the presence of cyanobacteria in biologically treated effluent

David Waite, UNSW: Impact of iron species transformations on growth and toxicity of cyanobacterial Microcystis species

Tim Malthus, CSIRO Land & Water: Potential of the enhanced spectral and spatial features of, the WorldView-2 satellite sensor for monitoring blooms in inland waters

Nagur Cherukuru, CSIRO Land & Water: Estimating water quality and bloom status using hyperspatial optical measurements: A case study in Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra

Elke Reichwaldt, U of WA: Cyanobacterial toxin dynamics: What can we learn from spatial and temporal variability?

Brad Sherman, CSIRO, Cyanobacterial bloom dynamics – some lessons from the Nineties and the Noughties

Yoshi Kobayashi, DECCW, NSW: Cyanobacteria in inland floodplain wetlands

Felicity Roddick, RMIT: Using test strips to detect microcystin in lagoon-treated wastewater

Kumar Eliezer, ALS Environ Water Resources Group: Developing a rational basis to meet operational needs in the management of nuisance cyanobacterial occurrences in water sources

Glenn McGregor, Qld DERM: A new potentially toxic cyanobacterium from Australian freshwaters: First report of the cyanotoxins cylindrospermopsin and deoxy-cylindrospermopsin from Raphidiopsis mediterranea (Cyanobacteria/Nostocales)

Philip Orr, Seqwater: Production dynamics of cylindrospermopsins by an Australian strain of Cylindrospermopsis raciborskiiisolated from a drinking water storage reservoir in SE Qld

Larelle Fabbro, CQU: Taxonomy and ecology of toxin-producing Limnothrix

Suzanne Froscio, AWQC: Novel toxic activity associated with the cyanobacteria Limnothrix: Use of screening assays for detection

Michele Burford, GU, Australian Rivers Institute: Factors promoting the dominance of the toxic freshwater cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii

Ian Stewart, Qld Health & Forensic Services: Mullet are efficient bioaccumulators of nodularin. Field investigation of a toxic Nodulariabloom in SE Qld, and the public health implications of dietary exposure to nodularin

Jackie Myers, RMIT: Uptake and depuration of nodularin in seafood species: A human health risk assessment