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CQUni Mackay plays host to national algal research event

CQUni Mackay plays host to national algal research event

Published:29 June 2018

Prof Tamar Zohary, Dr Virginie Gaget, Associate Prof Larelle Fabbro, Dr Glenn McGregor and Diane Hobday presented information on the analysis of algal populations and safe water management at the annual Australian Algal Workshop.

About 35 visitors from across the country and as far afield as Israel and New Zealand gathered at CQUniversity Mackay for the 9th Australian Algal Workshop.

Speakers presented topics on new discoveries of toxin production in water supply reservoirs, the latest software to enable analysis of algal populations, recent changes in taxonomy as a result of combinations of genetic and morphological methods, and diatoms as indicators of historical changes in rivers.

Hosted by the Regional Universities Network, the two-day event brought together attendees from major industries, government laboratories and educational institutions.

Guest speakers included the highly respected Professor Tamar Zohary, from Lake Kinneret Research Station in Israel, NATA Life Sciences Deputy Sector Manager Diane Hobday, Department of Environment and Science Water Planning Ecology Principal Scientist Dr Glenn McGregor, University of Adelaide specialist in the toxicity of benthic algae Dr Virginie Gaget, and Federation University Associate Dean Research Professor Peter Gell.

CQUni Associate Professor Larelle Fabbro says many of the topics discussed are critical for safe water management.

“Bringing together field experts is an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and skills to identify the safest and most scientifically accurate analysis of our water bodies and water supplies,” Associate Prof Larelle Fabbro said.

“This is the first time the event has been held in Mackay and CQUni were honoured to host this nationally significant industry networking and educational event.”