The Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)

Leinen, M, Chavez, FP, Meyer, M, Buttigieg, Pier Luigi, Davies, N, Casotti, R and Fischer, A 2022 The Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON). Marine Technology Society Journal, 56 (3). 106-107.

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Ocean life—from viruses to whales—is built from “biomolecules.” Biomolecules such as DNA infuse each drop of ocean water, grain of sediment, and breath of ocean air. The Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON) is developing a global collaboration that will allow science and society to understand ocean life like never before. The program will transform how we sense, harvest, protect, and manage ocean life using molecular techniques, as it faces multiple stresses including pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. It will also help communities detect biological hazards such as harmful algal blooms and pathogens, and be a key component of next-generation ocean observing systems. OBON will encourage continuous standardization and intercalibration of methods and data interoperability to help enhance and future-proof capabilities. OBON's objectives are: 1) to build a coastal-to-open ocean multi-omics biodiversity observing system; 2) to develop and transfer capacity between partners; 3) to enhance marine ecosystem digitization and modelling and 4) to coordinate action on pressing scientific, management, and policy questions.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: biomolecules, DNA, molecular techniques, ocean observing systems
Subjects: Marine Sciences
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Other (MBA)
Depositing User: Ms Kristina Hixon
Date made live: 23 Mar 2023 10:40
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 16:57

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