Centre for Marine Microbiology and Genetics Research (CMMG)

Australian Institute of Marine Science, Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Australian Government

The CMMG undertakes research to evaluate the risk to marine organisms and communities posed by climatic change and environmental contamination. We work research collaboratively on tropical marine biodiversity including microbiology, genomics and genetics, marine ecology, biosystematics, biochemistry and evolutionary biology. We have an integrated, state-of-the-art microbiology and genetics laboratory with environment-controlled experimental aquaria. We are developing new technologies for assessing the diversity and functioning of marine tropical microbes, particularly concerning: reef health; vulnerability and adaptive capacity of microbial symbioses (such as the coral–algal and coral–bacterial symbioses) in response to environmental change; and innovative ways to control outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish.

Organisation type
  • Part of national organisation – Government
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
Australian Institute of Marine Science, 1526 Cape Cleveland Rd, Cape Cleveland QLD 4816

Strengths and capabilities

  • microbiology
  • genomics and genetics
  • marine ecology
  • biosystematics
  • biochemistry
  • evolutionary biology

Facilities and major equipment

  • state-of-the-art microbiology and genetics laboratory
  • environment-controlled experimental aquaria

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