NCBI Pogona annotation complete

Posted in Pogona Research on Apr 24, 2017

NCBI has completed the annotation of the Pogona genome generated by the genetics and genomics team of the IAE, and made it widely available to the global research community. From the NCBI site, you can download the genome, view details of the annotation, blast any sequence against the genome, see the genes in "Gene", and in a few weeks, browse the genome using the NCBI Browser.

Workshop: Museum genomics in practice

Posted in Turtle Research on Apr 05, 2017

Having a great time at the Museum Genomics in Practice workshop organised by Craig Moritz and the team at the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis.

Saving Piku -- PNG's iconic pig-nosed turtle

Posted in Turtle Research on Mar 30, 2017

Seven tribes, seven languages, seven cultures. The fate of the Pig-Nosed Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) living in the Kikori River lies in the hands of all the local people who own its habitat in southern Papua New Guinea. Masters student Yolarnie Amepou gives her account of the Piku Project, operating out of Kikori in the PNG lowlands.

Risk-based ecohydrological assessement of flow regimes -- Qld DNRM

Posted in Turtle Research on Mar 29, 2017

Determining strategies to protect or restore flow regimes to achieve ecological outcomes is a focus of water policy and legislation in many parts of the world. A team from Queensland DNRM has developed a risk-based ecohydrological approach that links ecosystem values to desired ecological outcomes. This allows the relative risk from different flow management scenarios to be evaluated at relevant spatial-scales and a robust and useful foundation upon which to build the information needed to support water planning decisions. A case study using the eastern long-necked turtle is presented, with input from IAE staff and former students.

NCBI adopts Pogona

Posted in Pogona Research on Mar 20, 2017

The US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has made the annotated genome sequence of Fabian, the ZZ dragon lizard, available to the international research community. The IAE made the genome available in 2013 through its local server, but we expect uptake to accellerate now that it is available through NCBI. Through the NCBI servier it is possible to BLAST sequence against the Pogona genome, pull down the sequences and annotation, and search for specific genes and regions. Well done to Denis O'Meally for making this all happen.

Dragons in Anthropocene Archipelagos!

Posted in Pogona Research on Mar 15, 2017

Great new paper from Celine Frere on the water dragon in the suburbs and what appears to be rapid diversification in a novel environment. Top marks also for the fabulous title -- Archipelagos of the Anthropocene: Rapid and extensive differentiation of native terrestrial vertebrates in a single metropolis.

World Wildlife Day big success

Posted in Turtle Research on Mar 03, 2017

World Wildlife Day was celebrated by thousands of Port Moresby parents and children today at POM Nature Park. The day, organised by Michelle McGeorge of POM Nature Park featured a large number of stalls, including one manned by the Piku Team from the University of Canberra.

Endemic and Flagship Species Workshop

Posted in Turtle Research on Mar 01, 2017

The Endemic and Flagship Species Workshop kicks off at Lomana Hotel in Port Moresby today co-hosted by PNG CEPA and Mama Graun and sponsored by ExxonMobil PNG Ltd. The objective of the workshop is to bring together stakeholders with an interest in the newly established Protected Area Policy, to become aware of each others' activities and how they can benefit under the new policy. UC is represented by Carla Eisemberg, Yolarnie Amepou, Fiona Manu, Frank John and Arthur Georges of the Piku Team.

Meghan Castelli secures CSIRO support

Posted in Pogona Research on Feb 21, 2017

Congratulations to IAE PhD student Meghan Castelli on securing support for her project from CSIRO. Meghan is working on *sex and stress: How the environment shapes the genome, phenotype, physiology and behaviour of a widespread Australian reptile, as part of the recently ARC funded project on Pogona vitticeps*.

Pogona embryos sexed in UQ/UC collaboration

Posted in Pogona Research on Feb 20, 2017

Sarah Whiteley visited the Wildife Genetics Laboratories at UC from University of Queensland this week to apply our PCR sex test to embryos from an Pogona embryological series she is developing as part of her honours program. Her work is throwing up some novel insights to the gonadal development of sex reversed lizards likely to change our understanding of this process.

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