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.

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this service we can monitor Australian or International Standards and advise you when a standard is new, amended or superseded.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

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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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Australia’s future depends on a strong science focus today

The Conversation Ian Chubb 11 February 2014

Science and the knowledge it provides, along with its applications, will help us manage, mitigate, adapt or even discover solutions to the problems we know about, and allow us to tackle others as they emerge. It is not a big stretch to suggest that science will be close to the core of most of the “solutions” we develop.

We approached 12 senior figures in a range of disciplines and invited them each to prepare a 1,200-word piece answering the question: how will your discipline/area help to realise this aspiration?

To broaden the perspective, we invited two other experts to write 200-word comments on the same question – not critiques of the longer article, but their view.

The series will be co-published in The Conversation and through the Office of the Chief Scientist.

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Hunt turns to CSIRO staff for ‘fearless’ advice on port

Brisbane Times  Tony Moore January 31, 2014

Two CSIRO scientists who last year found Gladstone Harbour to be healthy have been appointed to conduct a new independent inquiry into the harbour.
On Thursday Environment Minister Greg Hunt appointed Anthea Tinney and Ian Cresswell to help Andrew Johnson investigate how the protective bund wall in Gladstone leaked toxic dredge spoil in 2011.
On Friday the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will decide whether to allow dredge spoil from the Abbot Point to be dumped inside the reef’s marine park.

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Councils monitor lakes’ blue-green algae levels

ABC News 14 January 2014

The Ararat and Corangamite councils in Victoria are watching for changes in lakes found to have toxic levels of blue-green algae.

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Updated Australian Drinking Water Guidelines now available

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) – Updated December 2013

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released an update to the 2011 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) as part of its rolling revision of the guidelines. The recent update of the ADWG includes:

  • New Information Sheets for Water Treatment Operators, which replaces Information Sheets on Disinfection;
  • An update of the 1996 Chemical Fact Sheets on benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes; and
  • A new resource – Guidance for issuing and lifting boil water advisories.

Download ADWG updated as at December 2013

International conference launched to mark centenary of HK Government Laboratory

2 December 2013

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Government Laboratory today (December 2) launched a four-day international conference bringing together distinguished experts in metrology, quality assurance, analytical chemistry and forensic science from around the world to share their innovative ideas,knowledge and latest scientific developments.

Scientific sessions and workshops will be held for participants to discuss international collaborative efforts to strengthen and raise scientific standards, challenges faced by scientists worldwide and innovations to prepare for the future.

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