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

28 January 2019

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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