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.

Dry weather boosts Fraser Coast blue-green algae blooms says scientist

ABC News 26 November 2015

An environmental scientist says Queensland’s ongoing dry weather is contributing to blue-green algae blooms, like the ones Fraser Coast residents are dodging on local beaches.

The state’s waterways, dams and beaches have seen multiple outbreaks of blue-green algae, which can cause allergic reactions such as skin and eye irritation.

Around Hervey Bay, the Fraser Coast Council is warning people to avoid the algae washed up on beaches because of the potential health risks.

Fraser Coast beach-goers warned of toxic algae

ABC News Frances Adcock 23 November 2015

The Fraser Coast Mayor says the southern Queensland council will attempt to remove toxic blue-green algae that has washed up on the region’s beaches.

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Tasmanian shellfish conference tackles toxic algal blooms

ABC News Laura Beavis 23 October 2015

The need to develop faster tests to detect and monitor toxin-producing algal blooms has topped the agenda at a shellfish industry conference in St Helens on Tasmania’s east coast.

The Shellfish Futures conference coincided with an outbreak of algae that is disrupting shellfish production in the region.

Currently, to confirm the presence of toxins in shellfish, growers must send samples to a laboratory in Sydney, a process which can take up to 10 days and costs more than $800 per test.

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Linking Google Scholar to Qld Health Ejournals

A slide presentation showing how easy it is to link to CKN journals from Google Scholar.

Source: Linking Google Scholar to Qld Health Ejournals  (NOTE: view this using Firefox rather than Internet Explorer)

Health warning renewed after two people treated in Tas hospital for shellfish poisoning

ABC News 6 October 2015

Two people have been hospitalised in Tasmania with paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating mussels they harvested from east coast areas affected by algal blooms.

A third person has also been treated.

All three became unwell after eating mussels from an area subject to a public health warning issued last week.

The Public Health department has advised against collecting or eating wild oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, scallops, abalone, rock lobster or crab from anywhere along the east coast.

Tasmania’s wild east coast shellfish carrying high level of toxins; Health Department warns of ‘serious, fatal illness’

ABC News 2 October 2015

Tasmania’s Health Department is warning people not to collect or eat wild shellfish from the state’s east coast because of high toxin levels.

An extensive area of the east coast is affected by naturally occurring algal blooms.

Acting director of public health Doctor Mark Veitch said eating wild shellfish from the affected area could cause paralytic shellfish poisoning from toxins produced by algae.

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SciFinder Access at FSS

Staff at FSS now have unlimited access to SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts Service) on the web.  This means we can perform an unlimited number of searches as well as concurrent searches (ie more than one person can be logged on at any one time).  Individual logins are still required however.

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides unlimited access to the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

It includes a broad spectrum of technical and scientific information based on the CAplus, CASREACT, and Registry databases from the Chemical Abstracts Service. It indexes journals, books, conferences, patents, dissertations – in chemistry, biochemistry, physical, inorganic, analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering, macromolecular chemistry and organic chemistry. And it is updated daily.

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