Professor Geoffrey Codd


Emeritus Professor of Microbiology

Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences

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Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins and their risk management for the protection of water resources and health

The cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) which occur globally in aquatic and terrestrial environments produce a wide range of potent toxins.

These include hepato-, neuro-, cyto- and genotoxins, carcinogens and tumour promoters. The practical, health and economic significance of these microbial secondary metabolites continues to be confirmed in the UK and internationally (Huisman et al., 2018; Svircev et al.,2019;  Codd et al., 2020).

Practical solutions to reduce the mass development of cyanobacteria in waterbodies are being identified and delivered to end-user groups (Burford et al., 2019).

Research interests

Cyanotoxins and microbial metabolites


Award Year
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) 2021
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2010