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.

Algal bloom linked to neurone disease

The Australian Sean Parnell 5 March 2015 pp 1 -2

Toxins associated with blue-green algae blooms in waterways are being investigated as the potential cause of the rapid growth of Australians dying from motor neurone disease.  Researchers working on a suspected  MND cluster around Griffith in NSW say blue-green algae could be the common environmental link in several cases.

MND is responsible for a growing number of deaths in Australia.

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‘Blue-green algae’ proliferating in lakes

(McGill University 26 February 2015) The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries — and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University.

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Blue green algal blooms spark health alert for the Port Macquarie Hastings area

ABC news 16 February 2015

A health alert has been issued for the Port Macquarie-Hastings area due to a spate of algal blooms.

Water testing in the Camden Haven River, Googly’s Lagoon and the Hastings River at Settlement Point has detected marine blue green algae.

The algae Trichodesmium is commonly known as ‘sea sawdust’.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-16/blue-green-algal-blooms-spark-health-alert-for-the-port-macquar/6114206

Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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Algal problem a blooming worry at Fairfield Waters freshwater lake

Townsville Bulletin VICTORIA NUGENT  November 21, 2014

RESIDENTS are being warned to stay out of a freshwater lake at Fairfield Waters after a toxic blue-green algae killed 21 fish.
Water tests were carried out this week after a resident contacted Townsville City Council about the floating fish.
Deputy mayor Vern Veitch said algal blooms were common in the city’s lake during hot weather when water levels dropped.

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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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