[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP170101925]
Researchers Dr Mark Brown; Dr Justin Seymour; Dr Martin Ostrowski; Prof Jed Fuhrman; Asst Prof Naomi Levine; Prof Robert Edwards; Dr Levente Bodrossy
Brief description This project aims to unveil the ocean’s hidden sentinels, “keystone microbes” that underpin precious ecosystem services, and which can be used to monitor and model changes in ocean function. Marine microbes account for 90 per cent of oceanic biomass and every litre of seawater contains ~20,000 different species, but it is not known which species control ocean health and productivity. This project intends to provide definitive evidence of these keystones’ cellular level biogeochemical and metabolic capacity. Ultimately, this knowledge is expected to predict the resilience of ocean ecosystems and their response to change. The capacity to predict their dynamics will help provide investment clarity and increase healthy outcomes from activities involving human-ocean interactions such as recreation, food production and tourism.
Funding Amount $589,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects