The emergence of molecular profiling and omics techniques in seagrass biology; furthering our understanding of seagrasses

P.A. Davey, M. Pernice, G. Sablok, A. Larkum, H.T. Lee, A. Golicz, David Edwards, R. Dolferus, P. Ralph

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    Abstract

    © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Seagrass meadows are disappearing at alarming rates as a result of increasing coastal development and climate change. The emergence of omics and molecular profiling techniques in seagrass research is timely, providing a new opportunity to address such global issues. Whilst these applications have transformed terrestrial plant research, they have only emerged in seagrass research within the past decade; In this time frame we have observed a significant increase in the number of publications in this nascent field, and as of this year the first genome of a seagrass species has been sequenced. In this review, we focus on the development of omics and molecular profiling and the utilization of molecular markers in the field of seagrass biology. We highlight the advances, merits and pitfalls associated with such technology, and importantly we identify and address the knowledge gaps, which to this day prevent us from understanding seagrasses in a holistic manner. By utilizing the powers of omics and molecular profiling technologies in integrated strategies, we will gain a better understanding of how these unique plants function at the molecular level and how they respond to on-going disturbance and climate change events.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)465-480
    Number of pages16
    JournalFunctional and Integrative Genomics
    Volume16
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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