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’ has recently 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 […]
Simon Jarman and colleagues have published a paper in Frontiers in Marine Science describing novel DNA meta-barcoding approaches to tracking the interactions between fishing fleets and iconic seabirds like albatrosses. Almost all of the world’s fisheries overlap spatially and temporally with foraging seabirds, with impacts that range from food supplementation (through scavenging behind vessels), to […]
FSP project leader for eDNA, Simon Jarman and colleagues have published a review on the use of DNA methylation to measure age in wild organisms in Frontiers in Genetics. DNA methylation (DNAm) is a mechanism for regulating gene expression in animals and levels are known to change with age. Recent studies have used DNAm changes […]
Andrew Bissett, Project Leader for ‘Microbes and healthy waterways’, contributed to a recent publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution that investigated the legacy of past climates on the current distribution of soil microbial communities. Soil bacteria are the most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth. They support multiple ecosystem functions including litter decomposition, nutrient cycling, […]
Sea turtles are the most widely distributed group of reptile in the world. Many sea turtle populations are in decline and climate change is expected to exacerbate these declines because turtle eggs are vulnerable to high temperatures. But, it appears that some turtles carry genetic variants giving them different capacities to deal with temperature. In […]
Research by Environomics FSP scientist, Clare Holleley, features in the latest (June 14, 2017) issue of the prestigious journal Science Advances. Differential intron retention in Jumonji chromatin modifier genes is implicated in reptile temperature-dependent sex determination. Science Advances 3 (6). Read the paper here, and read the article in The Sydney Morning Herald here. Image credit: Bearded Dragon by Vicki […]