Diversity of Salinispora actinobacteria producing pharmaceutically relevant natural products from Australian marine sponges (2008–2011)

Marine sponges harbour bacteria such as those in genus Salinispora capable of synthesizing chemical compounds of application in human medicine as antibiotics and anti-cancer compounds. The project aims to understand the distribution, sources and diversity of the Salinispora group of marine actinobacteria living in Australian marine sponge species, and their potential for production of useful pharmaceutically relevant products such as potential antibiotics and anti-cancer compounds via chemical and genetic analysis. Salinispora types will be correlated with geographical distribution and genetic diversity of sponge species to assess the unique value of particular areas of the Australian marine biological resource map. '',
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council