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’ll create 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?

While ‘DNA sequencing’ sounds pretty complex, that’s just the lab stuff (you can read about our research for more information). The real citizen science takes place in the field, taking soil samples across WA. Find out how to get involved – it’s simple.


Who can become MicroBlitz citizen scientists?

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.

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