Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Grant ID: DE180100570 [ 2018 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Dr Miriam Munoz-Rojas

Brief description This project aims to discover the ecological and functional roles of cyanobacteria in drylands, and develop new technologies for their broad application in large-scale ecosystem restoration. The global demand for landscape-scale restoration requires novel approaches to deliver on the promise of reinstating healthy, sustainable, and biodiverse ecosystems. This project will harness next-generation DNA sequencing to select beneficial cyanobacteria for incorporation into emerging seed enhancement technologies. The project will deliver innovative and cost-effective tools to overcome barriers to seedling recruitment and plant survival, and enhance the functionality of degraded dryland ecosystems. This will contribute to long-term cost savings to the Australian economy through reduced spending on environmental issues such as salinity, erosion, acidification and poor water quality.

Funding Amount $365,058

Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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