Australian research on cyanobacteria

Recent Australian research on cyanobacteria with implications for risk management within the water industry

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are a diverse group of photosynthetic bacteria with the ability to colonise a range of environmental niches. Given the right environmental conditions they can grow rapidly, forming blooms which impact the environment and a range of water uses. As a taxonomic group, the cyanobacteria are capable of producing a large variety of harmful and/or nuisance bioactive compounds. Water Research Australia have produced a factsheet which addresses the following topics: (1) Recent discovery of anatoxin-a Australian waters for the first time; (2) Unexplained taste-and odour (T&O) spikes; and (3) Breakthrough of cells and toxins into water treatment plants.

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