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The University of Western Brittany (UBO) is a multidisciplinary, public institution of a scientific, cultural and vocational nature. It supports research development and promotes regional and national growth. UBO currently teaches around 22,000 students, hosts ~40 laboratories and has more than 150 partners worldwide, including CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea), INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and IRD (Research Institute for Development). UBO is a major player in marine sciences including ocean exploration, particularly the microbial diversity of marine ecosystems. As part of the UBO, the LUBEM “Biodiversity and Microbial Ecology lab” (EA3882, Head: Pr. Emmanuel Coton), is an agro-food and environmental laboratory focusing on fungi. One research team in this lab works on a research axis devoted to marine mycology in the oceanic domain with specific attention on their diversity, activity, functions & ecological roles and biotechnological applications as for example the production of their natural products or bioremediation potential of hydrocarbons and plastics.