South Africa to host international conference on toxic algae

27 November 2012

South Africa has a very proud history in the field of algae and their toxins. Extending back many decades, a substantial amount of the groundwork in this field of science was undertaken in this country – documented in a review by Harding and Paxton for the Water Research Commission.

Next year (2013) will see South Africa’s now very small community of cyanobacterial scientists play host to the 9th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC).  The conference title, Living with Toxigenic Cyanobacteria – is provocative and underscores the risks associated with the ecological phenomenon commonly known as ‘toxic algal blooms’.  It acknowledges the fact that this symptom of eutrophication is not going to be resolved any time soon and that there is a fundamental need for science and management to integrate more closely in addressing the causes and consequences.

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