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Microcystis blooms - insights from genomics and metagenomics

Project Number # 4526-17

Predicting the risk, timing and severity of toxic cyanobacterial blooms - insights from genomics and transcriptomics

Project Leader:  Caitlin Romanis

In order to improve industry predictions of the risk, timing and severity of toxic Microcystis blooms, this project aims to investigate the biological mechanisms and environmental triggers that cause bloom development. Through a range of classical isolation techniques and various ‘-omic’ studies this project will study the recruitment of benthic dwelling Microcystis species to surface waters.

 

Sponsor:  Nick Crosbie [Melbourne Water]

Supervisors:  Brett Neilan [University of Newcastle] and Aaron Jex [Univeristy of Melbourne]

Mentor:  Stephanie Rinck-Pfeiffer [GWRC]