What is MicroBlitz? OLD

Citizen science just
got super-sized.

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Size matters, especially in environmental science. And MicroBlitz is huge. It is citizen science on a vast scale, enabling anyone, anywhere in Western Australia (WA), to be part of cutting-edge research that will help tackle the big issues of our time. Climate change. Food security. Water quality. And it all starts with the smallest building blocks of WA’s ecosystems  microbial DNA.

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What exactly is MicroBlitz?

MicroBlitz is a citizen science project where crowd-sourced science is building a state-wide map detailing the biodiversity and health of our environment using DNA sequencing to identify the biodiversity of microbes in our soils.

Together, we are creating a baseline map, a point of reference that can be shared and used to monitor, manage and protect WA’s precious environment into the future. Learn more about why MicroBlitz is so important.

How does MicroBlitz and DNA sequencing work?

We’re all familiar with DNA sequencing being used as a tool for tracking down criminals, but here at MicroBlitz we use DNA sequencing to determine the vast numbers and variations of microbes living in soils across WA. You can read about our research for more information. Supplying the team in the lab at UWA with soil samples from locations across WA is where the real citizen science happens. Citizen scientists, people just like you, are helping to complete our microbe map of WA by collecting samples in the field .


Who can become MicroBlitz citizen scientist?

Families. Schools. Farmers. Industry. Everyone. MicroBlitz enables anyone with an interest in science and the environment to play a vital role in Professor Andrew Whiteley’s ground-breaking scientific research at UWA. Meet the MicroBlitz team, read about our research and become a MicroBlitzer.