Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Grant ID: DE160100636 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

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Researchers Dr Jean-Baptiste Raina

Brief description This project aims to unravel microbiological processes in the ocean to help quantify the ecosystem services carried out by microbes that support our economy and environment. By recycling vital nutrients, microbes form the basis of the marine food web. In Australia, their contributions support fisheries worth $4.2 billion. Their role in carbon cycling also controls our climate. Yet, their direct productivity remains unquantified. Technical limitations have restricted our ability to identify the key microbes most responsible for ocean carbon cycling, and to measure their impact. This project plans to combine new approaches in microfluidics, chemistry and oceanography to quantify carbon uptake by individual microbes and provide new understanding of microbe-mediated chemical cycling processes.

Funding Amount $376,300

Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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