Multi-omics for studying and understanding polar life

Clark, M. S., Hoffman, J. I., Peck, L. S., Bargelloni, L., Gande, D., Havermans, C., Meyer, B., Patarnello, T., Phillips, T., Stoof-leichsenring, K. R., Vendrami, D. L. J., Beck, A., Collins, G., Friedrich, M. W., Halanych, K. M., Masello, J. F., Nagel, R., Norén, K., Printzen, C., Ruiz, M. B., Wohlrab, S., Becker, B., Dumack, K., Ghaderiardakani, F., Glaser, K., Heesch, S., Held, C., John, U., Karsten, U., Kempf, S., Lucassen, M., Paijmans, A., Schimani, K., Wallberg, A., Wunder, L. C. and Mock, T. ORCID: (2023) Multi-omics for studying and understanding polar life. Nature Communications, 14 (1). ISSN 2041-1723

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Polar ecosystems are experiencing amongst the most rapid rates of regional warming on Earth. Here, we discuss ‘omics’ approaches to investigate polar biodiversity, including the current state of the art, future perspectives and recommendations. We propose a community road map to generate and more fully exploit multi-omics data from polar organisms. These data are needed for the comprehensive evaluation of polar biodiversity and to reveal how life evolved and adapted to permanently cold environments with extreme seasonality. We argue that concerted action is required to mitigate the impact of warming on polar ecosystems via conservation efforts, to sustainably manage these unique habitats and their ecosystem services, and for the sustainable bioprospecting of novel genes and compounds for societal gain.

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Additional Information: Acknowledgements: This manuscript arose from the “Polar Genomics Workshop”, which was held on 16–18 May 2022 in Bielefeld, Germany. The workshop was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the priority program “Antarctic Research with Comparative Investigations in Arctic Ice Areas” SPP 1158 awarded to J.I.H. The authors would like to thank Ralph Design Ltd ( for designing Fig. 3.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2024 10:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 09:30
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-43209-y

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