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Research grant to Southern Cross Uni

DNA sequencing and climate change will be at the forefront of Coffs Coast research, after Southern Cross University secured a share in $2 million in research funding.

In partnership with other universities, SCU will soon share in multi-million dollar infrastructure for two projects based across its campuses.

The first project will investigate DNA sequencing for use in biological, medical, agriculture, environmental and evolutionary genetics research, while the second project in the area of geochemistry will contribute to studies on climate change.

Professor Bill Boyd said the funding will provide for new technology for palaeoclimate and archaeological research and would provide new insights into environmental change.

“We know, for example, that sea levels have gone up and down over time, and if you can understand how that has operated in the past you are better placed to react to it in the future,” Prof. Boyd said.

SCU has also received a grant for $220,000 to develop a facility to measure and model elements in the environment, the first such facility of its kind in Australia.

In a project led by Professor Bradley Eyre, the facility will allow for ground-breaking research into climate change, coastal estuaries, soil loss, salinity and acidity.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for research, Professor Neal Ryan, said the collaborative research between SCU and other universities is a national move towards working together.



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