Abstract

The koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is an iconic Australian animal. Koalas are both biologically unique and evolutionarily distinct as the only living representative of the marsupial family Phascolarctidae. Their unique and highly specific diet of eucalyptus leaves, combined with the increasing threats of predation and habitat loss through urbanisation, mean that koalas are particularly vulnerable to the deleterious effects of fragmented habitat and population bottlenecks. They are further threatened by disease such as Chlamydia and there is increasing interest in the varying strains of the Koala Retrovirus. We present preliminary transcriptome and genome data for the koala and introduce the Koala Genome Consortium (KGC), a group working towards the production of a high quality draft assembly of the koala genome. The KGC is currently comprised of several Australian research institutes and Universities although our intention is to recruit researchers from around the world to contribute to the genome assembly and annotation process and ultimately make use of the assembled genome. Once available as an annotated draft, we anticipate the genome sequence will add significant value to the extensive body of existing research for koalas.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Johnson et al., 2014. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 24: 91–92
Author
Rebecca N. Johnson; Matthew Hobbs; Mark D. B. Eldridge; Andrew G. King; Donald J. Colgan; Marc R. Wilkins; Zhiliang Chen; Peter J. Prentis; Ana Pavasovic; Adam Polkinghorne; Peter Timms
Year
2014
Title
The Koala Genome Consortium
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
24
Start Page
91
End Page
92
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.24.2014.1624
Language
English
Date Published
30 May 2014
Cover Date
30 May 2014
ISSN
1835-4211 (online)
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
RETROVIRUS; ANIMAL DISEASE; VIROLOGY; MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA
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30 May 2014
Available Online
30 May 2014
Reference Number
1624
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