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Queensland Government

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Centre for Genetics, Ecology and Physiology

Researcher holding a lobster

University of the Sunshine Coast

Formerly known as GeneCology Research Centre.

The Centre operates in the research areas of genetics, ecology and physiology of plants, animals and micro-organisms, in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. We combine molecular and multi-disciplinary approaches to understand and improve biological processes, and use cutting edge techniques to answer both theoretical and applied science research questions. The major themes are aquaculture, chemical communication, tree and forest science, molecular engineering, animal health, plant ecology, and environmental microbiology. Our key values are to conduct research that has a broad impact on society and we are actively engaged with major industries through our ongoing partnerships in aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture, ecological services, water quality, bio-technology and bio-discovery.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Genetics of aquaculture systems
  • Plant production systems
  • Aquatic reproductive systems
  • Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics
  • Chemical communication
  • Natural products
  • Molecular engineering and diagnostics
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Coastal systems
  • Conservation

Facilities and major equipment

  • Glasshouse and plant growout area
  • Plant Tissue culture facility
  • Scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope
  • Chemical analysis facility
  • Advanced genetics laboratory
  • Aquaculture facility

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


90 Sippy Downs Drive, , Sippy Downs, 4556

Lead researchers

Other centre in Queensland

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019