[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE150100009]
Researchers Dr Sasha Tetu
Brief description Environmental pollution threatens the sustainability of the world's oceans. However, we still do not understand how pollution affects primary producers at the base of oceanic food chains. This project aims to provide the first account of how common chemical pollutants (herbicides, plastic leachates and crude oil) affect key groups of marine photosynthetic bacteria. As these microbes underpin entire marine food webs, understanding their responses is crucial to monitoring and mitigating the impact of pollutants on ocean ecosystems. The aim is to design and validate novel, rapid environmental stress assays, based on gene expression profiling. This represents a pioneering new application of gene monitoring techniques to ocean conservation.
Funding Amount 389476
Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award