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Australia's tropical northern waters are hotspots for nirtogen fixing bacteria. Image credit:M.Doblin

Ocean microbiology

C3 PhD student Lauren Messer undertook sea voyages in Australia's northern tropical waters to study the bacterial communities responsible for fundamental ocean processes that, ultimately, sustain ocean productivity and global well being. The research findings, published in The ISME Journal, provided unexpected results with implications for global marine models.
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Extreme climatic conditions such as drought or heatwaves are very likely to intensify in coming decades Image credit: X. Ma

Semi arid ecosystems & climatic extremes

C3 research into the vulnerability of semi-arid ecosystems to drought and climatic extremes has been highlighted by the journal Nature reflecting the global attention on the fate of semi-arid ecosystems under climate change, and demonstrating the outstanding and original contributions made by UTS scientists.
A collaboration between UTS and the IRD in New Caledonia will investigate the genetic biodiversity of corals living in mangrove environments. The research will give new insight into how corals might keep pace with climate change.
A UTS:C3 led collaboration provides answers to basic questions about key biosynthetic pathways in marine toxin producing microbes opening up the possibility of new product discovery.
Nitrogen fixation is a fundamental process within the ocean, C3 led research gives first detailed description of nitrogen fixing bacterial communities in the region.
Marine microbiologist Jean-Baptiste Raina will use his UTS Research Fellowship and DECRA to study the role of marine microbes in the global carbon cycle.

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Ocean microbiology in a drop of seawater Credit: J Saad

Cutting edge technology addresses global challenges

Associate Professor Justin Seymour discusses the technology of microfluidics and its use in investigating the interactions of microorganisms at the scale of a drop of seawater.

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