Category Archives: Algal blooms and cyanobacteria

Alternative term is Phycology and Blue-green algae. Category includes cyanobacterial or other algal blooms in freshwater, estuarine and marine waters.
Focus on Australian waters.
Cyanobacteria, cyanobacterial toxins, algal blooms, algal toxin analysis.

OZWATER’15 – Call for Papers

The Australian Water Association is calling for abstract submissions worldwide to present at its premier international water conference & exhibition, Ozwater’15 in Adelaide next year.

The overarching theme for Ozwater’15 is ‘Water for Growth and Prosperity’. Themes include water recycling, management of water in food and beverage processing, management of water in mining, fuel, gas and power generation, health and safety, climate change and water security.

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Tense wait for Tasmanian oyster producers

ABC News 7 July 2014

Tasmanian shellfish growers will have to wait until Wednesday to hear if a harmful paralytic toxin, carried by algae, has spread.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access

Oyster farmers stop production after toxin found in shellfish

ABC News 5 July 2014

Two oyster growers on Tasmania’s east coast have stopped production after the discovery of a shellfish toxin in the area.

People have been warned not to eat wild shellfish from the Great Oyster Bay area on the east coast and Norfolk Bay in Tasmania’s south.  Health authorities discovered the potentially fatal toxin during routine testing.  There have been no reports of anyone eating contaminated fish.

The toxins are from the same type of algal bloom that forced a worldwide recall of east coast mussels two years ago, costing the state $23 million.

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Health warning issued over shellfish toxins in Great Oyster Bay and Norfolk Bay

Science Talks to Industry – Water RA Research Symposium

16-17 July 2014;  Olderfleet Building, 477 Collins Street Melbourne

This two-day event will provide updates on some exciting industry-funded and relevant research involving leading Australian and international teams.
The keynote speaker on day one is Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb. Also on day one is the second Extreme Event Hypothetical – a must for Industry decision-makers.

Download full program here

Register on the website

Extreme Event hypothetical flyer


Bremer Bay algal bloom sparks health alert

ABC News 16 April 2014

Health authorities are urging people to be cautious around an algal bloom in a Bremer Bay (WA) waterway that has turned the water a bright orange colour.

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StandardsWatch Service for FSS staff

Information and Research Services maintains a subscription to StandardsWatch for Forensic and Scientific Services staff.
Through this service we can monitor Australian or International Standards and advise you when a standard is new, amended or superseded.
If you have standards that you would like IRS to add to StandardsWatch, please email with the Standard number and title for each standard you would like us to watch and we will alert you whenever changes occur.  (For FSS staff only)

International Conference on Harmful Algal Blooms and Desalination – Call for Papers

16 – 17 April 2014, Muscat, Oman

This unique conference, organised by the Middle East Desalination Research Centre in partnership with the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia, will bring together international experts from academia, industry, process equipment and operators of desalination plants. An invitation for papers is still current – closing 1 March 2014. Further information contact Neil Palmer on 0417 996 126 or

For further information click here and here

PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

PLOS Blogs Liz Silva 24 February 2014

Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement. However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use. For this reason, PLOS has always required that authors make their data available to other academic researchers who wish to replicate, reanalyze, or build upon the findings published in our journals.

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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GVSU researchers draw link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms

(Grand Valley State University 12 February 2014) Researchers at Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute are learning more about the impact invasive zebra mussels and native aquatic insect larvae have on the risk of algae blooms in two West Michigan lakes.

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