OUT NOW! In our new publication, we present the first metabarcoding study to examine factors affecting community-wide eDNA metabarcoding-based biodiversity assessments in groundwater. As such, it is intended as the first step in developing a robust protocol for effective eDNA-based stygofaunal detection and monitoring.
Time capsules of biodiversity: Future research directions for groundwater-dependent ecosystems of the Great Artesian Basin
Out now, our review of the scientific literature for the Frontiers in Environmental Science Special Issue: “Threatened Aquatic Gems: Freshwater Springs and Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems”.
BACKGROUND The Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP190100555 (LP19) was developed by researchers at The University of Adelaide (UA) and Curtin University (CU) in close collaboration with three of the largest resource companies in Australia (Rio Tinto, BHP, Chevron) (end-users), two governmental biodiversity stakeholders (Western Australian (WA) Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, and the WA Biodiversity Science Institute), one
This bottle contains Great Artesian Basin water that has travelled 2 million years to its southernmost extent, at the bottom of Lake Eyre, where we sampled it! Next steps will be filtering and sequencing to uncover its biological community using eDNA techniques.
In recognition of efforts by researchers in establishing mutually-beneficial research partnerships with organisations outside of academia for longer-term advancement of knowledge and societal impact.