A new expedition devoted to Ocean microbes, crucial to global balances

© Eloi Stichelbaut / polaRYSE - Fondation Tara Océan

On December 12, 2020, the research schooner Tara will leave Lorient, her home port, for a major new scientific expedition

After unveiling the secrets of plankton for the past 10 years and raising public awareness about plastic pollution at sea, the Tara Ocean Foundation and scientific partners will now study the functioning of the Ocean’s microorganisms and their sensitivity to rising temperatures and marine pollution.

For almost two years the schooner will sail 70,000 kilometers across the South Atlantic Ocean, along the South American coasts, in the Antarctic Ocean and off the coast of West Africa. The Tara team will make 23 stopovers, meeting local communities, decision makers and researchers.

Designed in collaboration with many partners – including 38 international scientific institutions within the framework of the European project AtlantEco – the Microbiome Mission will help us understand the services provided by this essential ecosystem of the Ocean – its microbiome – an increasingly crucial challenge for scientific research.

Discover this new expedition now! (French version)

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