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.

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.

SciFinder allows you to search by keyword or topic as well as by molecular formula, substance identifier eg CAS Registry Number, and chemical or reaction structure.

Training or product demonstrations are available.

More information on SciFinder

Request a Username and Password from Information & Research Services (QH Staff only)

Chemistry subject guide

Welcome to the Chemistry subject guide curated by the staff at Forensic and Scientific Services Library.

In the guide we have provided selected information in various formats on areas of chemistry for FSS staff to peruse. Resources selected for this guide include databases, books and ebooks, journals and links to chemistry reference sources. at State Library

State Library of Queensland Online Resources

Queensland residents have free access to more than 3,000 top-quality courses and 136,000 video tutorials for learning the latest commercial software, creative and business skills through, a web-based video service. Courses cover topics such as business management, leadership, marketing, multimedia, design, web development and more.

The state-wide subscription allows all Queenslanders unlimited access to the online courses from any compatible desktop or portable device, whether on a library computer, at their home or business or on the go.

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Clinical Knowledge Network

Sign Up For Your CKN Account

The Clinical Knowledge Network (CKN) is for everyone currently employed by Queensland Health and the Hospitals and Health Services.  Registering for a CKN account is easy and will only take you a few minutes.  Once registered, you can access CKN resources offsite and on mobile devices.

Click here to register  (QH Staff only)

CKN Training

Both live and pre-recorded training webinars are available on the use of the CKN generally and on the use of specific resources including MIMS Online.

Click here to access CKN Training (QH Staff only)


EndNote on Windows: The Short Course – Video Training

EndNote has just released a short course on the most-used features in EndNote.  topics can be found at the times below:

Title: 0:00
Online Search: 1:38
Groups: 4:47
Direct Export: 7:03
Importing PDF Files: 9:53
Find Full Text: 11:36
Journal Names: 13:10
CWYW: Adding Citations: 15:53
CWYW: Configuring the Bibliography: 18:20
CWYC: Editing Citations: 21:08
EndNote Sync: 23:43

View video (25:43 mins)

The EndNote Training channel on YouTube contains many helpful videos