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Sequencing the seas - accessing unknown marine microbial function

Location: the Royal Society, London (UK)
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2007-04-30    
End Date: 2007-05-01

Event Description:
A NERC/NSF sponsored discussion meeting


Life in the oceans is dominated by microorganisms. In contrast to terrestrial systems, which have conspicuous long-lived plants, primary production in the oceans is due to unicellular phytoplankton with generation times of a few hours. All biogeochemical cycles in the seas are driven by microbes. The importance of marine microbes has recently received more recognition, coincident with the investment of resources to sequence marine microbes and the environmental microbial metagenome.

This is an opportune time to review this information. This meeting will review the current state of knowledge about marine microbes and how this new knowledge has deepened understanding of the fluxes and processes that are driven by microbes in the seas.


Pre-registration is essential because numbers are limited. The registration fee of 50 ($100 EUR80) includes lunch and coffee. The on-line registration form is available at


The meeting is sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (UK) and the National Science Foundation (USA) and organised by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. If you have any queries regarding this meeting, contact

This meeting is endorsed by MarBEF. This means that the costs of travel, subsistence and fee for participation in this activity for 1 participant per member may be booked up to a maximum of 500 EUR on the institutes MarBEF account.

Contact email:

Event programme:

Rudolf Amann, (MPI for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany)
Virginia Armbrust (University of Washington)
Chris Bowler (Ecole Normale Suprieure, Paris, France))
Ludmila Chistoserdova, (University of Washington, USA)
Thomas Curtis (University of Newcastle, UK)
Jed Fuhrman (University of Southern California USA)
Paul Gilna (The Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis(CAMERA), USA)
Ian Joint (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
Ricardo Letelier (Oregon State University, USA)
Colin Murrell (University of Warwick, UK)
Kevin Purdy (University of Warwick)
John Raven FRS (University of Dundee, UK)
Carol Robinson (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)
Francisco Rodr guez-Valera, (Universidad Miguel Hernndez, Alicante, Spain)
David Scanlan (University of Warwick, UK)
Bess Ward (Princeton University, USA)
Andrew Weightman (Cardiff University, UK)
Andrew Whiteley (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Oxford, UK)
Willie Wilson (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK / Bigelow Laboratory, USA)
Jon Zehr (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)


There will be a poster session from 1730 to 2000 on Monday 30 April. To submit a poster presentation, complete the on-line registration form before 1 April 2007. Applicants will be informed by 6 April if they have been selected to present a poster.

Collaborators and organisers:

This meeting is organised by Dr Ian Joint (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) and Dr Matthew D. Kane (National Science Foundation).

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Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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