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Project data summary
Project ID: ECR1248760
Type: Early Career Researcher
Funding: University of Melbourne
Amount: $40K
Period: 2013-2013
Proposal: ECR1248760.pdf
Genomic tools to study coral reef resilience

Coral reefs are highly diverse ecosystems and bring in over $6 billion to the Australian economy each year. However, rising sea surface temperatures, ocean acidification and nutrient load threaten their existence. Microbial organisms associated with corals are responsible for many crucial ecosystem functions but are poorly understood because they are too small to be studied directly. Environmental genomics offer a solution to this problem. This project aims to develop genomic tools that will increase our knowledge of the diverse and important roles of limestone-boring algae in coral reef functioning and resilience. It will result in an annotated draft genome of the limestone-boring alga Ostreobium quekettii and will optimize protocols to investigate the biodiversity, ecology and physiology of the limestone-boring microbial flora in the field. For more information, please read the project proposal.

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Activity log
2012-08-04 Project proposal has been submitted.
2012-10-18 Melbourne Research Office announced that the project will be funded.
2013-01-01 Start of project.
2013-03-04 Vanessa Marcelino started a PhD on this project.
2013-05 Field work on Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia).
2013-08-28 First sequencing run of total genomic DNA on Illumina MiSeq.
2013-08-30 VRM and SB presented results at the Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS) meeting in Sydney.
2014-02-15 VRM developed primers for 2-step amplification of 16S, 18S, 23S (UPA) and tufA to amplify bacterial, algal and other eukaryotic diversity in limestone substrate.
2014-04-16 HV presented results about diversity of limestone-boring algae in a seminar at University of Technology Sydney (SlideShare).
2014-04-24 HV presented results about diversity of limestone-boring algae in a seminar at Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS, Townsville) (SlideShare).
2014-07-10 First batch of environmental amplicons using the new protocols sequenced on MiSeq.