Department of Health

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) have traits of both bacteria and algae. They can be found in almost all water systems in Australia.

Affected water may not be suitable for drinking, recreation or agricultural use.

Water Research Australia

Water Research AustraliaExternal Link conducts collaborative research on all aspects of drinking water, recycled water and wastewater. Its website has a range of publications on blue-green algae, including:

Reviewed 18 March 2022


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