Environmental drivers for production of the toxin, cylindrospermopsin, by the cyanobacterium Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii

  • Beardall, John (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Burford, Michele (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Neilan, Brett (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Shaw, Glendon (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Orr, Philip (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

The economic cost of algal blooms in Australia is estimated to be $150M p.a. One algal species of particular concern is the freshwater cyanobacteria, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, and the associated toxin, since it frequently blooms in tropical and subtropical water reservoirs. Monitoring and treatment costs could be substantially reduced if the environmental conditions that trigger cyanobacteria to produce toxins were known. This proposal aims to understand the causes and control of cyanobacterial toxin, cylindrospermopsin, production in subtropical reservoirs. The knowledge gained will insights needed to develop predictive models of toxic bloom formation.
Effective start/end date2/01/0931/12/11


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$41,587.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$78,420.00