The main objective of this working group is to integrate knowledge from genetic, morphological and oceanographic data sets. More specifically, an ecosystem approach is used to characterize and predict the structure, function and evolution of marine plankton communities worldwide.
Scientists involved in this task work on the unique data sets provided by the working groups n°1 to 4. They improve existing tools, models and theories, or develop new ones to reach a comprehensive and holistic view of plankton communities at different levels (molecular, cellular and oceanographic).
This working group will define approach strategies to be used in the applied component of OCEANOMICS (Screening and research of active compounds).
This group is coordinated by Pascal Hingamp from the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (Marseille) and Chris Bowler from the ENS Institute of Biology (Paris). It involves many other partners: the UMR7144 of the Roscoff Marine Station, the Oceanographic Laboratory of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Genoscope in Evry and the Plant Cell Physiology laboratory in Grenoble. The VIB Structural Biology Research Center and the Naples Zoological Station also collaborate in this work.