Multi-omics for studying and understanding polar life

M. S. Clark, J. I. Hoffman, L. S. Peck, L. Bargelloni, D. Gande, C. Havermans, B. Meyer, T. Patarnello, T. Phillips, K. R. Stoof-leichsenring, D. L. J. Vendrami, A. Beck, G. Collins, M. W. Friedrich, K. M. Halanych, J. F. Masello, R. Nagel, K. Norén, C. Printzen, M. B. RuizS. Wohlrab, B. Becker, K. Dumack, F. Ghaderiardakani, K. Glaser, S. Heesch, C. Held, U. John, U. Karsten, S. Kempf, M. Lucassen, A. Paijmans, K. Schimani, A. Wallberg, L. C. Wunder, T. Mock

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7451
JournalNature Communications
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2023

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