Cyanobacteria Info page

This page provides links to most of our significant documents related to cyanobacteria research. More documents may be found on our website by using the 'Document Search' function under Publications and entering 'Cyanobacteria' or more specific terms in the keyword field. Information produced by international and collaborating agencies is also included for your reference as well as the latest WaterRA final reports, Fact Sheets and Downloadable Tools relating to cyanobacteria.

WaterRA Research Reports and Fact Sheets relating to cyanobacteria:

Completed projects, final reports, fact sheets and tools available:

Development of tools for the assessment and management of aesthetic and health risks associated with cyanobacteria -  Final Report & Downloadable Tool - 1078

Management of treatment sludge impacted by cyanbacteria - Final Report - 1073

On-line monitoring of cyanobacteria to predict coagulant doses and powdered activated carbon application in water treatment - Project Page - 1066

Bad tastes, odours and toxins in our drinking water reservoirs: are benthic cyanobacteria the culprits? -  Final Report - 1059

Comprehensive Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on Reservoir Quality in a range of Climatic Regions - Final Report - 1050

A rapid, reliable and effective tool for assessing toxic 'algal' blooms in Vic water supplies - MT-PCR - Fact Sheet and Research Report - 1043

Optimising conventional treatment for the removal of cyanobacteria and their toxins - Factsheet and Final report - 1033

Ultrasound for the control of cyanbacteria - Factsheet and Final report - 1031

CyanoSurvey: A national update on toxic cyanobacteria and their distribution -1022

Biological Filtration for the treatment of cyanobacterial metabolites -1021

Cyanobacteria Impact study

Blue-green Algae (cyanobacteria): a guide

Evaluation of integrated membranes for taste and odor and toxin control -1003


National Cyanobacteria Workshops

These workshops are held every two years, and provide an opportunity for researchers, government and industry people to get together and discuss recent events, research progress and emerging issues in cyanobacteria. Researchers from New Zealand also attend.

The latest Cyanobacteria Workshop (6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop) was held 25-26 September 2018 in Sydney.

Conference proceedings and presentations now available to download CLICK HERE

WaterRA projects that were presented at the 2018 Workshop include:

(Click to view video of presentation)

Nijoy John - Population genetics and toxigeneicity of Victorian sites

Florence Choo: Using insitu fluorometers as a real time cyano removal validation tool

Sara Imran Khan: Monitoring of algal growth metabolites

Andrea Gonzalez: Impact of cyanobacterial cell morphology


Links to State agencies with useful information on cyanobacteria

State agencies, particularly those with responsibility for or oversight of water or health will publish notices and fact sheets relevant to their jurisdiction. If you are seeking information about a specific region or location, a state agency may be able to assist.

NSW Department of Primary Industries - Water

NSW Health

Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Blue-green algae

Victorian Department of Health - BGA

Most popular CRC WQT reports

Management Strategies for Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae): a Guide for Water Utilities - RR 74

Tastes and Odours in Reservoirs - RR 73

Optimisation of Adsorption Processes: Stage II - RR 43

BMAA in potable waters: an international assessment of exposure levels - RR 65

Artificial mixing for destratification and control of cyanobacterial growth in reserviors -RR 59

Practical Guide to Reservoir Management -RR 67


GWRC / Water Research Foundation reports

Cyanotoxin Guides for Water Utility Managers # 4548

Managing Cyanotoxins - A State of the Science (2016) 

Management of Treatment Sludge Impacted by Cyanobacteria # 4523

GWRC - International Guidance Manual for the management of toxic cyanobacteria


All cyanobacteria-related CRC WQT / WQRA research project reports

RR 1: Determination of Cyanobacterial Microcystins and Nodularin by a Colorimetric Protein Phosphatase lnhibition Assay using Phosvitin as Substrate (Jun 1999)

RR 2: Evaluation of Potential Matrix lnterferences in Phosphatase lnhibition Assays used for determining Cyanobacterial Hepatotoxins (Apr 2000)

RR 6: Genetics of Microcystis Toxicity - ldentification of the Genetic Pathway for Microcystin production in Microcystis aeruginosa  (Jul 2000)

RR 8: Development of Capillary Electrophoresis-Based Analyses for PSPs and Microcystins (Nov 2001)

RR 10: Comparison of Methods for the Determination of Peptide Hepatotoxins (Microcystins) (Dec 2001)

RR 11: A Guide to Hazard ldentification & Risk Assessment for Drinking Water Supplies (Apr 2004)

RR 13:Oral Toxicity of Cylindrospermopsin: NOAEL Determination in Male Swiss Albino Mice (Jul 2002)

RR 16:Optimisation of Adsorption Processes (Jul 2002)

RR 25:Acute Skin Irritant Effects of Blue-Green Algae in Healthy Volunteers (2006)

RR 27: Development of an ELISA for Microcystins (Jun 2006)

RR 31: Application of an lmage Analysis System to Enumerate and Measure Cyanobacteria (Mar 2007)

RR 32: Regulation of Cylindrospermopsin Production by the Cyanobacterium C. raciborskii (Mar 2007)

RR 43: Optimisation of adsorption processes: Stage ll (2009)

RR 59: Artificial mixing for destratification and control of cyanobacterial growth in reservoirs (Sept 2008)

RR 60: Screening Assays for Water-borne Toxicants (Jul 2008)

RR 6I: Cylindrospermopsin Mechanisms of Toxicity and Genotoxicity (Jul 2008)

RR 64: Biological Filtration Processes for the Removal of Algal Metabolites (Aug 2008)

RR 66: Optimisation of Cylindrospermopsin Toxicity Assay (Jan 2008)

RR 67: A Practical Guide to Reservoir Management (May 2009)

RR 73: Taste and Odours in Reservoirs (Mar 2010)

RR 74: Management Strategies for Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae): a Guide for Water Utilities (Jun 2010)


CRC WQT Occasional Papers relating to cyanobacteria

Occasional Paper 2: Priorities for Algal Research in Australia (Mar 1998)

Occasional Paper 4: Blue-Green Algae: Their Significance and Management within Water Supplies (Feb 2002)

Occasional Paper 9: Biological Filtration, Ozone and Activated Carbon (Nov 2003)