In June, we delved a little deeper into the science of energy acquisition beneath the surface of the earth and published a blog about Xiao Deng’s ‘shocking’ research.
Working on new and exciting methods of cultivating sub surface microbes, one of our early career researchers, Dr Xiao Deng has contributed to the recently published findings of gold-coated fungal strands in the soil near Boddington in Western Australia.
Environomics, short for environmental genomics, is a new CSIRO science program exploring the limits of what is possible at the interface between genomics and environmental science.
Should I tell you that a bunch of Environomics postdocs met on Rottnest and reveal exactly what they got up to? Or can I just say this….
A Curtin University and CSIRO Environomics FSP collaboration has resulted in the publication of the first long-term environmental analysis based on eDNA in PLOS Genetics.
Phytoplankton are tiny algae that live in the ocean. They can occur in vast numbers and are at the bottom of the food chain that supports all life in the ocean. When conditions are just right, including supply of nutrients and temperature, phytoplankton numbers can explode, causing a bloom. This in turn can set off […]
Simon Jarman, Oliver Berry (Environomics FSP Leader) and Michael Bunce recently penned an article about the need for an environmental DNA (eDNA) biobank. With the advancement of DNA sequencing technology, biomonitoring with environmental DNA (“eDNA”) is revolutionizing biodiversity assessments. Conventionally, characterizing biodiversity requires time-consuming surveys and expert knowledge. However, researchers can now identify organisms without […]
Andreas Zwick, molecular scientist and project leader of ‘Mobilising collections through genomics’ last year installed a $500 000 robotic liquid handler for conducting DNA analyses on historical specimens preserved in Australia’s national biological collections. Biological collections are vast biodiversity reference libraries, used for hundreds of years to help identify, understand and manage biodiversity. Andreas’ team […]
In a recent issue of Science magazine, Clare Holleley (FSP Project Leader) and colleague Arthur Georges (University of Canberra) share exciting new science shedding light on the mechanisms of temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD) in reptiles. Sex determination in reptiles is a complex affair because in many species incubation temperature and genes interact to regulate sexual […]
FSP leader Olly Berry collaborated with colleagues at the University of Canberra to develop a new R software package “dartR” designed to make it easier for researchers to analyse large population genomic datasets. In the past few years researchers have gone from analysing tens of genomic markers to tens of thousands. A pre-print is available […]