Team research projects
High-throughput collection genomics of highly variable DNA samples
The FSP has developed an inexpensive, high-throughput process to obtain genomic information from the 15 million biological specimens held in our National Research Collections Australia.
Accelerating bio-discovery: a collection genomics pipeline for high-throughput target enrichment
Genomic reference datasets are the modern go-to tool for identifying species for both conversation and biosecurity and this project will be working to further increase the efficiency of high-throughput genomics.
Close-Kin Mark-Recapture: widening the scope with new genomics
Close-Kin Mark-Recapture (CKMR) – developed at CSIRO - is already used successfully to manage southern bluefin tuna. In this new FSP project we will make CKMR cheaper and broaden the range of species it can be applied to.
Bio-prospecting for natural biosensors that detect pollution
In this project we will use the remarkable capabilities of microbes to create low-cost biosensors for detecting toxic contaminants in waterways.
Can we learn lessons from the past to reduce extinction risk? Our project is leveraging CSIRO’s innovative molecular expertise and the unique historical perspective held in our National Research Collections to detect changes in gene expression and epigenetic modification through time.
The CSIRO Stopwatch: A Pan-Animal Epigenetic Clock
Accurately measuring ageing and lifespan in animal species remains challenging. This project will calibrate a lifespan clock for all animal species that can be assayed quickly and inexpensively.
Novel eDNA Collection Technology Enabling Bio-monitoring and Estimation of Species Abundance
Detecting eDNA (environmental DNA) shed by aquatic species is a cost-effective and powerful tool for biodiversity and biosecurity monitoring. In this project we are developing cheap, low-tech, eDNA collection devices that will be deployable where technology is difficult to source.
Exploring the Biodiscovery Potential of Natural History Collections
Valuable new compounds and enzymes with bio-engineering potential are often discovered from natural products. By uncovering the chemical diversity of our collections, we will contribute to the exploration of the biodiscovery potential of little-known organisms.
Australian Microbiome Initiative
Australian Microbiome is a collaborative project to characterise the diversity and ecosystem service provision of the microorganisms inhabiting natural Australian ecosystems.