AusARG - Australian amphibian and reptile genomics Initiative Collaboration

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Description

The Australian amphibian and reptile genomics Initiative (AusARG) is a national collaborative project that that will facilitate research using genomics approaches towards a more thorough understanding of evolution and conservation of Australia’s unique native Amphibians and Reptiles that are now under threat, through climate, disease or habitat modification.

The initiative aims to create a targeted genomics, including de-novo genome assembly/annotation, phylogenomics and conservation genomics, which will:
• Accelerate fundamental research of reptile and amphibian genomics in areas that Australia is uniquely placed to make its mark on the world stage.
• Complement fundamental organismal research with genomics to meet critical needs of conservation management and our unique reptile and amphibian biodiversity, as identified by society, government and industry.
• Consolidate and extend capabilities in genome science across museum/university-agency partnerships.
The objectives of the Consortium are:
• Build a foundation of genomic data to advance our understanding and conservation of Australia’s unique reptiles and amphibians;
• Accelerate fundamental research of reptile and amphibian genomics in areas that Australia is uniquely placed to make its mark on the world stage;
• Complement fundamental research with genomics to meet critical needs of conservation management and our unique reptile and amphibian biodiversity, as identified by society, government and industry;
• Build a community across Australian museums, Universities and other research providers, and government agencies to sustain the initiative beyond the life of the Bioplatforms investment; and
• Increase awareness of the public and conservation managers of the diversity of Australian mammals and how genomics can aid in their conservation and management.
Short titleAusARC Collaborative Agreement
AcronymAusARG
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/04/2031/03/23