Seagrasses Under Environmental Pressures: Advancing Performance Assessment Through Metabolomics

Maria Jung

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


Seagrass meadows globally decline as they are threatened by a multitude of environmental pressures. Plant metabolism can provide a holistic ‘early warning’ image of deteriorating plant performance because it responds instantaneously to stress and informs about acclimation, adaptation, and defence strategies. I used metabolomics to identify and unravel (early) responses of seagrass leaf metabolism to environmental pressures and explored how metabolomics can be integrated into seagrass monitoring. I demonstrated that metabolomics can significantly advance our understanding of the metabolic mechanisms activated in seagrasses under stress. This is crucial knowledge for the development of better-targeted seagrass management and conservation strategies.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Fraser, Matthew, Supervisor
  • Martin, Belinda, Supervisor
  • Kendrick, Gary, Supervisor
  • Cosgrove, Jeffrey , Supervisor, External person
Award date25 Aug 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 25/08/2023 to 22/08/2025. Will become publicly avaliable on 22/08/2025

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