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Travel Grant - Cryptic Diversity of Alexandrium Species in Australian Waters: Developing novel genetic tools for long term monitoring

Project Member(s): Murray, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Academy of Science (The Australian Academy of Science)

Start year: 2014

Summary: This project will provide the travel support needed to facilitate two current joint projects between German and Australian scientists with a focus on molecular approaches to understanding the dynamics, toxicity and evolution of Alexandrium species; an Australian Research Council Discovery project DP120103199 (CI Shauna Murray, PI Uwe John) on the evolution and diversity of the genus Alexandrium in relation to paralytic shellfish toxicity; and a postdoctoral fellowship project of Dr Kerstin Toebe, of the Alfred Wegener Institute on the application of molecular assays to detect Alexandrium species in Australian waters, being undertaken in Australia.

Publications:

Murray, SA, Diwan, R, Orr, RJS, Kohli, GS & John, U 2015, 'Gene duplication, loss and selection in the evolution of saxitoxin biosynthesis in alveolates', MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, vol. 92, pp. 165-180.
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Keywords: shellfish toxicity, Alexandrium species,

FOR Codes: Plant Systematics and Taxonomy, Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity