Environomics Newsletter October 2021
Read our latest newsletter, featuring research, people, the first eDNA conference and jobs.
Recovery of good quality DNA from preserved specimens
Dr Erin Hahn, early career researcher with the Environomics FSP and colleagues, have recently published a paper documenting a simple screening method to identify preserved specimens likely to yield good quality DNA data.
Non-lethal age estimation helps manage wild fish populations
Environomics early career researcher, Ben Mayne and colleagues, have published a new non-lethal method for determining the age of fishes.
Testing DNA in Australian honey reveals floral sources
Postdoctoral Fellow with the Environomics Future Science Platform at CSIRO, Dr Liz Milla, has been testing DNA in Australian honey and it reveals the main floral sources used by the bees.
Understanding the function of marine microbes
While working as a postdoc with the Environomics Future Science Platfrom at CSIRO, Eric Raes and a team of researchers studied how microbial biodiversity in our oceans are related to energy production.
Uncovering the genomes of sea turtles
The team on this project will sequence the genomes of the five remaining sea turtle species whose genomes remain un-sequenced, including Australia's flatback turtle.
Making environmental DNA (eDNA) biodiversity records globally accessible
Read the recently published discussion of how to improve the storage and access to biodiversity data created from eDNA.
A study on recovering useable DNA from formalin-fixed fish specimens
A recently published paper by Sharon Appleyard and colleagues from the Environomics FSP showed how to identify which fish specimens stored in formalin are most likely to yield usable DNA.
Age prediction in zebrafish
A team including FSP early career researcher, Ben Mayne, has developed the first epigenetic clock for a fish.
Passive eDNA collection is fast and effective
Environomics scientist Dr Cindy Bessey has developed a fast, cost effective method for collecting eDNA from sea water.
Patents pending – Some Novel Environmental Applications for DNA
Two patent applications have been filed on novel methods developed by FSP scientists which capitalise on the unique and rich information content of DNA molecules.
Lifespans of marine turtle species range from 50 to 90 years
New research sheds new light on the lifespans of five marine turtle species.
Redefining life expectancy and maximum lifespan for wildlife management
In recently published research, you can read about a statistical method to estimate the life expectancy and maximum lifespan of wild animal populations.
Rust is an expensive problem
Environomics FSP postdoc Xiao Deng has demonstrated an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to reduce corrosion caused by underwater microbes.
Mainstreaming Microbes across Biomes
Microbiomes are vitally important and a recently published review of microbial science highlights the value of environmental microbiome science by describing current and potential future applications.
Measuring Biodiversity with eDNA
To count the fish species present, we compared our eDNA methods with more conventional methods, like filming fishes underwater.
Environomics Newsletter December 2019
Read our second newsletter sent out in December 2019, with a research highlight, profiled ECR and link to our second video.
Environomics Newsletter May 2019
Read our newsletter sent out in May 2019, with a research highlight, ECR profile and workshop summary.
Museum epigenetics: Charting the future by unlocking the past
Environomics researchers have described the potential of museum specimens to yield information on which genes were turned on and off in the past to enable animals to respond to environmental change.
The first evidence is in, in the case of mysterious microbes
In a paper just published Xiao Deng and colleagues showed that sulfate-reducing bacteria can use self-synthesized FeS nanoparticles on their cell surface to acquire energy.
A genomic predictor of lifespan in vertebrates
Ben Mayne, early career researcher, together with colleagues from the Environomics FSP have discovered a simple way to estimate how long a species lives using DNA.
Unlocking the secrets of mysterious microbes
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.
Gold-coated fungi are the new gold diggers
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.
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Marine eDNA can be used to monitor biodiversity in the world’s oceans
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.
A Superabundance of Antarctic Algae Killers
Phytoplankton are tiny algae that live in the ocean. They can occur in vast numbers and are at the bottom […]
Environmental health monitoring would benefit from eDNA biobanking
Simon Jarman, Oliver Berry (Environomics FSP Leader) and Michael Bunce recently penned an article about the need for an environmental […]
Microscopic DNA analyses on a gigantic scale
Andreas Zwick, molecular scientist and project leader of ‘Mobilising collections through genomics’ last year installed a $500 000 robotic liquid […]
How does temperature determine sex?
In a recent issue of Science magazine, Clare Holleley (FSP Project Leader) and colleague Arthur Georges (University of Canberra) share […]
New R software for population genomics
FSP leader Olly Berry collaborated with colleagues at the University of Canberra to develop a new R software package “dartR” […]
How fisheries interact with seabirds
Simon Jarman and colleagues have published a paper in Frontiers in Marine Science describing novel DNA meta-barcoding approaches to tracking […]
Measuring animal age with DNA methylation
FSP project leader for eDNA, Simon Jarman and colleagues have published a review on the use of DNA methylation to […]
The soil remembers
Andrew Bissett, Project Leader for ‘Microbes and healthy waterways’, contributed to a recent publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution that […]
Understanding how sea turtles react to heat stress
Sea turtles are the most widely distributed group of reptile in the world. Many sea turtle populations are in decline […]