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Our Discovery Mission

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to discover and document all remaining Australian species of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms ... in a generation.

How on Earth are we going to do this?


Roundtable 3: How do we most effectively use DNA sequencing for rapid and robust species delimitation?

Session 1

27 April 2020 at 1:30:00 am

Michelle Waycott


DNA sequencing will clearly play an important role in this mission - indeed, the mission would be impossible without it. Currently, some taxonomists have access to sequencing facilities while others do not, and some are skilled in all aspects of sequencing, bioinformatics and phylogenetics while others are not. This roundtable will consider issues around sequencing, including:

  • How can we ensure that sequencing speeds up, rather than slows down, species discovery and delimitation?

  • Should sequencing and bioinformatics support be more centralised or more dispersed than at present? 

  • Should all taxonomists be trained in every step along the sequencing->bioinfoirmatics->phylogeny->species delimitation pipeline, or should we specialise more?

  • How do we best balance the roles of short, cheap, universal sequences (barcodes) versus longer, more expensive but more informative sequences (up to and including complete genomes)?

34 people have registered for this session

Tulio Campos

The University of Melbourne

Ashley Field

Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science

Nicole Foster



Georgina Binns

Macquarie University

Brian Looney

Duke University

Penelope Mills

The University of Queensland

Andreas Zwick

Australian National Insect Collection CSIRO

Lyn Cook

The University of Queensland

Caine Barlow

Ema Corro


Ben Parslow

South Australian Museum

Duncan Farquhar

Kathryn Hall

Queensland Museum

Herve Sauquet

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Patrick Fahey

The University of Melbourne

Beau Picking

The University of Melbourne

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Braxton Jones

The University of Sydney

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Peter Cowman

James Cook University

Steve Cooper

South Australian Museum/ The University of Adelaide

Jess Marsh

Murdoch University/ SA Museum

Ely Wallis

Atlas of Living Australia (CSIRO)

Nicole Gunter

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Matt Renner

National Herbarium of New South Wales

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The University of Adelaide

James Bickerstaff

Western Sydney University

James Dorey

Flinders University

Raees Khan

The University of Adelaide

David Juszkiewicz

Curtin University

Katharina Nargar

Australian Tropical Herbarium & National Research Collections Australia, CSIRO

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