Madeleine and Linda successful in ARC Discovery Grant 2021-2023

Our partner investigator on the grant is Asst Prof Nikki Traylor-Knowles from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, USA.

Summary of the work: “This project aims to decipher the functions of coral-associated bacteria by taking advantage of low-diversity
microbiomes that are naturally found in some coral species. A further aim is to unveil the importance of bacterial
genome evolution in coral adaptation to climate change. Climate warming is the biggest threat to coral reefs with
half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) corals dead due to recent summer heat waves. Expected outcomes
are an increased understanding of how bacteria contribute to coral heat tolerance, and new knowledge to assist in
the development of bacterial probiotics for enhancing coral thermal tolerance. This should provide significant
benefits to the protection of the GBR and Australia’s economy.”