Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP150101363 [ 2015 - 2017 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Dr Melanie Bishop; Dr Wayne O'Connor; Prof David Raftos

Brief description This project will test whether the flow of beneficial genes from farmed oysters into wild oysters can make natural oyster beds and the ecological communities that they support more resilient to environmental change. Wild oysters are critical to the function of coastal ecosystems. However, their populations are threatened by environmental change in Australia and around the world. Selectively bred oysters bearing stress resistance genotypes are now commercially farmed in many estuaries on Australia’s east coast and may be used to bolster wild oyster populations. In developing novel genetic strategies to future-proof oysters, this work will bene?t entire ecosystems that depend upon oysters.

Funding Amount 347900

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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