Metagenomics and the genetic basis of ecology and evolution of communities - complex microbial communities in industrial processes as excellent paradigms (2007–2009)

Genome-level analysis has transformed understanding of biological diversity, but only now are we poised to marshal new technologies to address vital questions linking genetics with ecology and evolution. Using metagenomics as a key enabling technology, we will use novel experiments and computational analysis to address two pivotal questions in ecology and evolution, namely, the extent to which community-level phenomena are influenced by the genes of individuals, and how community-level properties influence the evolution of component species. In using phosphorus absorbing microbial communities in wastewater treatment as our model system, the work will provide key insights into an important industrial process.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
  • Senior Research Fellow
    Advanced Water Management Centre
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council