Marine Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry

At the Station Zoologique in Villefranche-sur-Mer, marine microbes, especially protists, have been studied for over 100 years. Microbial ecology, in its modern incarnation, has been a focus of study here from the late 1970's and has constituted a distinct research group since 1987. We have hosted seminal conferences on microbial ecology and serve as the editorial home of scientific journals of the domain. Today, Marine Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry is one of 5 distinct groups, roughly equivalent to departments, which make up the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, "LOV". The LOV is a research and teaching unit associated with the Université de Paris VI and the CNRS, the national science organization of France. The LOV is itself part of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer, a field campus of the Université de Paris VI, which houses the LOV as well as laboratories of geology (GeoScience Azur) and developmental biology (Biodev). Our group is slated for dissolution in 2013 as a new organisational scheme is to be imposed on the LOV.

In our department we focus on either a particular group of microbes or ecological processes in which microbes play a very important role. The group is presently composed of 7 researchers, 3 technicians, post-doctoral researchers, Ph.D. students and Masters students. In addition we often host visiting scientists, Erasmus students and other short-term visitors. The equipment and techniques we use permit us to indentify marine microorganisms as well as quantify their activities. We use specialized instruments such as a variety of different types of microscopes, flow cytometer, micro-respirometers and in-situ experimental systems. Techniques we employ include those of molecular biology, such as genetic fingerprinting, and computer analysis of the shapes and sizes of microbes. Contact? wein"at"



To be absorbed into 'Bdiversity & Bgeochemistry'

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