Marine microbes play a critical role in our oceans health—making up the bulk of ocean biomass they directly control the majority of the oceans energy production and are ultimately responsible for regulating the marine food-web—however, little is known about the dynamic nature of these organisms.
The ambitious project will establish how Australia’s marine microbial communities change over time in various locations and environments. The consortium of researchers will investigate the microbial communities of seawater, sediment,sponges and sea grass utilising the extensive capability of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).
The nationally collaborative project is led by Dr Torsten Thomas from the University of New South Wales and Dr Lev Bodrossy from CSIRO and involves scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science,Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Macquarie University, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, University of Queensland and University of Technology Sydney.
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