ACSA Seed Grant Winners 2021

We are very excited to announce the winners of the 2021 ACSA Seed Grants!

MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology & 2 Bent Rods will each be receiving $1000 to kick along their citizen science projects.

MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology

MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology will use the money to train volunteers in taking herbarium specimens of fungi and in the use of basic laboratory equipment and techniques related to environmental DNA and DNA sequencing.

Ema Corro of MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology with her winners certificate

The Wild Fungi DNA Project is a very exciting initiative and has the potential to have a big impact and greatly enhance our knowledge of the distribution of Australian fungi. With only 5% of the estimated 250,000 species of Australian fungi being described, and the infrequent sightings and recording of fungi fruiting bodies, the use of eDNA has the potential to rapidly increase our baseline knowledge of our fungi. MYCOmmunity Applied Mycology has been developing eDNA methods that can be used by citizen mycologists, this includes LAMP (a colour change test to see if DNA of a specific species is in an environmental sample) and working with a MinION portable DNA sequencer.

We wish them all the best with the development of these techniques and the training of citizen scientists.

2 Bent Rods

2 Bent Rods, a fishing school, is planning to create a video & QR code flyers to promote the free fishing app they have developed in partnership with experts. 

Samantha Beckmann of 2 Bent Rods with her winners certificate

This grant will allow them to promote the app more widely to recreational and professional fishers across Australia and encourage them to upload photos to collect data about the size, species and health of the fish in their catch.

2 Bent Rods will also survey users to collect feedback on how well the platform is working, to maximise its effectiveness. It is great to see the co-design of this project with industry experts and the partnership 2 Bent Rods have with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water & Environment to assist with the analysis of the data collected through the app. 

We look forward to see how the app and the project progress over the coming year!

ACSA Seed Grants 2022

We are all looking forward to 2022 after the challenges 2020 and 2021 have thrown at us. After reviewing the number of submissions for the 2021 grants, we’ve decided to move the 2022 ACSA Seed Grants forward, to avoid that very busy end-of-year period, when we can also tend to be a bit burnt out. So, we’ll be advertising the next round of Seed Grants in May 2022, so we can get cracking on some good projects earlier on in the year. Stay tuned for details!