Microbial Health of Topsoil Stored at Mine Sites Across Western Australia

26 February 2020

This large multidisciplinary study, lead by the Curtin University ARC Center for Mine Site Restoration (Restoration Genetics) focuses on the use of the latest and traditional molecular approaches, for the conservation and restoration of plant species and edaphic microbiomes in mining sites. The health of [...]

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Biogeography of soil microbiomes from Western Australia: A geospatial analysis of the MicroBlitz data

24 February 2020

Biogeography of soil microbiomes from Western Australia A geospatial analysis of the MicroBlitz data Click on the link below to read the full story! https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5f25cfce4d1f4402898d45aaa994bd04   MicroBlitz is a University of Western Australia initiative started in 2015 as a large observational study of genomic data obtained [...]

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Targeted molecular audits of blue-green algae (AquaBiome phase 2)

19 February 2019

"Universal" 16S rDNA PCR primers, that supposedly amplify all bacterial taxa with equal efficiency, are designed to guarantee broad taxonomic representation and preserve the relative proportions of the various species, originally present in the community. These universal primers are routinely employed for exhaustive molecular surveys, [...]

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Restoration of the gut microflora in critical illness

01 February 2019

Persistent inflammation is a key driver of morbidity and mortality in critical illness. Evidence suggests that persistent inflammation at the time of intensive care unit (ICU) discharge predicts ICU readmission, hospital mortality and longer-term mortality. Homeostasis of the microbiome, the commensal organisms colonising human skin [...]

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Randomised trial of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and inflammation, associated with a number of diseases or post-traumatic conditions. Correlations between NSAIDs and increased risks of gastric ulceration, acute kidney injury and bleeding secondary to platelet inhibition, especially during wound manipulation, have [...]

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Pedigree analysis in production animals

28 January 2019

Parentage testing of production animals, can be used for full pedigree reconstructions, for instance to link a lamb to its ewe and/or sire. This is useful for early predictions of breeding values, and improved rates of genetic gain. High-throughput genetic assays are also a rapid and […]

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Standard vs. genomic methods for freshwater monitoring (AquaBiome phase 1)

Several factors can affect source water quality, including warming climate, anthropogenic activity, eutrophication, and catchment disturbance. Amid mounting pressure, there is a consent around the importance of identifying the next generation of analytical tools and proxies for monitoring water quality. The traditional microscopy-based methods, contemplated [...]

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Wine microbiome analysis

During the last decades, biomolecular techniques have brought forth significant progresses in microbiological analyses performed during wine production and storage. DNA-based, culture-independent methods allow for rapid and cost-effective profiling of complex populations, and quantification of detrimental or useful microbial species. Advanced metagenomic approaches, based on […]

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Microbioal symbionts and coral health

11 December 2018

This WA-based project focused on the use of  next-generation-sequencing (NGS) and DNA metabarcoding, to audit the microbiome associated with threatened coral species, found ubiquitously also in Western Australia and the Read Sea. The survey concentrated on spatial- and temporal- trends, host-ontogenetic stages, and comparisons across engineered […]

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Mine-dust suppression and algal management

08 December 2018

Mine dust is a major occupational hazard. Some types of dust contain toxic or radioactive elements or can, under particular circumstances, form explosive mixtures. Dust damages the lungs and may lead to serious health problems associated with the upper respiratory tracts, eyes, and skin. Available mine dust-mitigation strategies are manifold, and include pond water being [...]

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