Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160100661 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Prof Ary Hoffmann; Dr Andrew Weeks

Brief description This project aims to evaluate a promising but rarely used method of population recovery by genetically rescuing populations of two threatened Australian mammals: the mountain pygmy possum and the eastern barred bandicoot. Despite our best efforts to curb biodiversity loss, extinction rates are increasing and Australia is expected to lose a substantial proportion of its unique endemic fauna over the next 20–50 years. By tracking the phenotypic and underlying genomic changes that occur when a population undergoes a genetic rescue, the project aims to create data of interest to conservation biology.

Funding Amount $342,300

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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