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Development of a molecular biology tool kit to monitor dredging-related stress in Zostera muelleri ssp. capricorni in the Port of Gladstone

Project Member(s): Ralph, P.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Gladstone Ports Corporation Ltd (Gladstone Ports Authority)

Start year: 2013

Summary: This proposal builds on the results of and extends the methodological development for the on-going GPC Seagrass Program investigating sub-lethal indicators of seagrass light stress. The program is part of the requirement for the project to use an adaptive management approach informed by the ongoing results of scientific study being undertaken to manage the impacts of dredging. Specifically the proposal is aimed at satisfying Condition 48 (b) of the Queensland Coordinator General's requirements for the Gladstone Western Basin project.


Pernice, M, Sinutok, S, Sablok, G, Commault, AS, Schliep, M, Macreadie, PI, Rasheed, MA & Ralph, PJ 2016, 'Molecular physiology reveals ammonium uptake and related gene expression in the seagrass Zostera muelleri', Marine Environmental Research, vol. 122, pp. 126-134.
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Keywords: seagrass, dredging impact, light stress, seagrass health monitoring system

FOR Codes: Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Plant Physiology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental assessment and monitoring, Plant physiology , Marine biodiversity