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Case studies

Read about some of the most interesting outcomes of Genomics Aotearoa research.

A high-quality Bilberry genome for the benefit of Blueberry growers

A joint team of MBIE Filling the Void and Genomics Aotearoa researchers has sequenced the world's first bilberry genome, which presents opportunities for developing New Zealand's blueberry production.

Are you my father? Population-wide genomics confirms kākāpō paternity

Having a whole genome sequence has opened the possibilities for understanding the health and fertility of kākāpō - one of New Zealand’s most critically-endangered species, and now it’s helped to confirm parentage.

A SING Aotearoa experience - Jordon Lima (Ngāti Porou)

Attending her first SING Aotearoa conference was transformational for Jordon Lima.

Aquatic ecosystem function and diversity along a freshwater-to-marine gradient

Understanding variations in factors such as microbial nutrient uptake, transformation, and photosynthesis is important for managing water resources, as imbalances in both nutrient availability and photosynthesis can lead to poor water quality.

Blooming cyanobacteria!

One of the consequences of declining water quality is an increase in cyanobacteria – these are photosynthetic bacteria that live in a wide variety of aquatic or wet habitats.

Genome sequencing of three invasive wasps informs next-generation pest control

Genomic sequencing of three invasive wasps paves the way to better options to control these pests.

Genomic adaptations to a precarious environment - hot spring cosmopolitanism

In Aotearoa, novel species of the bacterial genus Acidithiobacillus are exceptionally prevalent in hot springs, including at temperatures far above those previously known for the genus.

High quality sheep genomes capitalise on existing knowledge

Considerable resources are available on sheep genetics in Aotearoa. How can we refine new genomic technologies and incorporate them into the existing frameworks ?

Metagenomics summer school demystifies data analysis

Metagenomics, the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples, is giving microbial ecologists a much more detailed look at the previously hidden diversity of microscopic life, significantly adding to our understanding of the living world.

Rewarewa is our first native tree with a high quality genome - and Māori honey producers could benefit

The completion of the native rewarewa tree (Knightia excelsa) high quality genome demonstrates how Aotearoa is leading genomics for its native species.

Supernova and ingenuity solve a stick insect problem

NeSI provides Genomics Aotearoa with access to dedicated high-memory compute services. Their combination of bioinformatics expertise and platform resources successfully overcame barriers to a complex stick insect genome assembly.

Syndactyly genomics research offers family some control

The medical term for two or more fingers or toes that are fused together or “webbed” is syndactyly. while common and often mild, rarer, more severe forms of the condition can significantly impair hand and foot function.

Upskilling our clinical workforce

New Zealand is getting prepared for more genetic- and genomic-based health care options.