Great Barrier Reef

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The Sea-quence Project is generating core genetic data for corals from the Great Barrier Reef and Red Sea to ultimately help guide reef management practices. The project aims to sequence the genomes of 9 coral species across 6 different coral types, 3-4 algal symbionts and generate a new suite of microbial symbiont sequence data. This project is an initiative of the Reef Future Genomics (ReFuGe 2020) Consortium. Membership of the consortium includes:

  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation
  • James Cook University
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • University of Queensland
  • The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
  • Australian National University
  • Bioplatforms Australia

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Acknowledging the consortium

When using data from the Sea-quence Project, please acknowledge the consortium and Bioplatforms Australia support using the following wording:

"We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the ReFuGe 2020 Consortium ( in the generation of data used in this publication. The ReFuGe 2020 Consortium is supported by funding from Bioplatforms Australia through the Australian Government National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), Rio Tinto, a private family Foundation, and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation."