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The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics was established in August 2010 at the University of Queensland in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. It provides a focal point for sequence-based analysis of microbial communities and builds strength in this space not only in Queensland, but Australia as a whole. Our project portfolio is 80% applied research focused on major national research priorities (e.g. climate change, infectious diseases) and 20% fundamental research.
This project is part of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program - a partnership to help the Great Barrier Reef resist, adapt and recover. The aim of this project is to identify microorganisms involved in inducing settlement and metamorphosis of coral larvae and attempt to cultivate inductive taxa to produce a broad-spectrum larval settlement cue for use in coral aquaculture to support reef restoration.