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02/28/2012

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log book - OCEANOMICS, funded by Investments for the Future

OCEANOMICS, funded by Investments for the Future


The OCEANOMICS program will give us an opportunity to find applications for Tara Oceans’ discoveries in various domains of research and development aimed at the global ecology of the planet. At the “Salon d’Agriculture? today,  Minister of Research M. Laurent Wauquiez, and Minister of Agriculture, M. Bruno LeMaire announced the results of their call for “Biotechnology and Bioresource? projects. OCEANOMICS is one of  8 research projects selected during this 2nd round, and the only one not in the field of agronomy.

The OCEANOMICS project aims at promoting in France a rational and sustainable use of one of the world’s most important ecosystems in terms of ecological changes and bioresources: marine plankton. The problem is not simple, since the rather diluted biomass of plankton is largely unknown in terms of its biodiversity and potential in biotechnology.
The realm of marine plankton comprises 98% of the planet’s biosphere, and the realm of plankton in French waters is 20 times greater than France’s land surface. Every liter of seawater contains somewhere between 10 to 100 billion organisms – viruses, bacteria, micro-algae, and microscopic animals – communities characterized by very rapid growth and intense interactions. This represents an enormous resource containing different forms of life and unexplored bioactive compounds. 

In its exploratory phase, the OCEANOMICS project is based on the Tara Oceans Expedition, a public/ private collaboration that collected samples and eco-morpho-genetic data in 11 different size categories, covering the totality of planktonic communities, including viruses,   bacteria, eggs, embryos, and large animals, at more than 200 sites and several depths across the oceans of the world.

OCEANOMICS proposes a combination of sequencing protocols and high-rate imaging in order to extract information from this unique collection of samples, on several systemic levels: DNA, RNA, and phenotypes. Comparisons between our new data with environmental meta-data, and with new genomes of certain planktonic reference organisms sequenced in the context of this project, will give us a deep understanding – taxonomic, metabolic, and ecosystemic – of the structure, dynamics and evolution of plankton biodiversity 

At the same time OCEANOMICS will use this new knowledge in various collaborations with private partners – ILLLUMINA, ALTRAN, VEOLIA, LEICA, GREENTECH, SOLIANCE, FERMENTALG, in order to:
(1) use new technologies and methods of sequencing/high-speed imaging in case-studies for aquatic biomonitoring.
(2)conduct phenotyping of environmental samples and selected strains for analysis of their lipids, secondary metabolites, and exo-metabolomes.
(3)  screen selected strains for bioactive compounds of interest in various fields: pharmacology, nutrition, aquaculture, cosmetics, and also in the domains of agriculture & environment.

OCEANOMICS will also serve as a case-study to define a balanced legal model for the bio-prospection of marine plankton. Involving several major French and international research centers (CNRS, UPMC, GENOSCOPE, ENS, EMBL), OCEANOMICS will operate at the crossroads of several national and European initiatives, and will act as a powerful catalyst for France’s important entry into the "Blue Revolution".

Coordinator of OCEANOMICS: Colomban de Vargas (c2vargas@gmail.com)

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04/19/2014

Tara Mediterranean 2014 expedition departure

04/19/2014

Tara Mediterranean expedition
From April to November 2014


After more than 4 years sailing around the world and the Arctic, Tara is preparing a mission with two objectives : to accomplish a scientific study concerning plastic pollution and to promote awareness of environmental challeges in the Mediterranean Sea, cradle of our civilization.

A traveling exhibition and films will be shared with the public. We will also welcome classes aboard at each stopover. Artists will be in residence on Tara for the duration of the expedition.
We are currently looking for local partners and volunteers to work with us on organizing this campaign. Do not hesitate to contact us:  aideztara@taraexpeditions.org

Click here to learn more about the expedition and its highlights

04/10/2014

Tara's application for iPad selected in TOP of AppStore in 118 countries

04/10/2014

Tara's application is available for iPad !

Join us aboard Tara, a schooner for the planet, and experience her unique voyages on the world's oceans – in one application !


- Panoramic photos show you the boat as if you were on board.
- Learn more about Tara's expeditions via articles, photos, videos, routes of the expeditions and more!

To download it, it's free, just click here

02/28/2014

Ocean Sciences meeting

02/28/2014

The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting that took place recently in Honolulu, Hawaii (February 22 - 28, 2014) is the most important international symposium in oceanography. It brings together all the scientific disciplines (physics, chemistry, geology, biology) as well as the social sciences. Nearly 5,000 scientists attended.

Lars Stemmann, Chris Bowler, Hiroyuki Ogata, Colomban de Vargas and Emmanuel Boss – scientists involved Tara Oceans – organized a session on the integrated study of ocean ecosystems during which more than 20 researchers shared their work with a full audience. Exchanges took place concerning oceanic biodiversity (methods and estimations) and its sensitivity to changes at different scales of time and space (including transport by ocean currents). Scientists discussed their results and methods. Contacts were made to share and promote internationally the outstanding data resulting from the Tara Oceans expedition.

01/10/2014

SIGN THE PARIS APPEAL FOR THE HIGH SEAS

01/10/2014

Discover and sign Paris Appeal for the High Seas !

Your voice matters: Only a democratically-organized, international governance of the High Seas can safeguard and sustainably manage the resources of this unique realm.

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07/29/2013

The Tara Oceans expedition discovers a new coral reef species from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia

07/29/2013

A new shallow water coral species, Echinophyllia tarae sp. n., is described from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. The remote and poorly known Gambier islands were explored by the Tara Oceans international research expedition in 2011. Scleractinia, also called stony corals, are ancient and structurally simple marine animals which have the ability to form hard skeletons and are involved in the build up of coral reefs. This new coral is common in the lagoon reefs of the Gambier, and was observed in muddy environments where several colonies showed partial mortality and re-growth. The paper devoted to the new species was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

More information : here

04/25/2013

Explore Google Ocean with Tara

04/25/2013

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03/21/2013

OCEANOMICS, funded by Investments for the Future

03/21/2013

02/12/2013

Tara in Nowness by Spencer Lowell

02/12/2013

Watch the video here. By Spencer Lowell (3min)

09/10/2012

Tara Expeditions Blogs

09/10/2012

Find Tara Expeditions content in our blogs in several languages : - spanish - italian - portuguese

06/21/2012

Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations speaks to Tara at Rio +20

06/21/2012

Part of the speach :

"Earlier this year, I had the chance to board the Tara Expeditions when it docked in New York.
The crew was really inspiring. They shared so much information with me about oceans and climate change. I am really grateful that they are raising awareness around the world … and I am very proud that the United Nations is supporting them.
As I stood on the Tara that day in February, I stood on the deck and looked out at downtown Manhattan. We were surrounded by skyscrapers but we had a window on the deep blue sea. It was a reminder that our worlds are connected.
I promised the crew that I would continue working with dedication for the planet’s oceans.
Now, Rio has to put more wind in our sails, so we can navigate the waves to a better future.
Let us advance for our oceans and our world."

Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012