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Center: Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - United States of America (USA)

Contribution, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

One-quarter of the carbon derived from photosynthesis on Earth cycles rapidly through a pool of seawater metabolites generated by the activities of microbes.

These molecules help govern the global carbon cycle, provide life-supporting nutrients, and support the function of marine food webs that ensure a vital and healthy ocean. The Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C CoMP) will leverage recent advances in analytical and data sciences, incorporate new ocean sampling technologies and an open-science framework, and engage educators and policy-makers to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the chemicals and microbial processes that underpin ocean ecosystems and other microbiomes that affect our daily life.

Start date: 01/10/2021
End date: 30/09/2026

Lead Contact: Elizabeth Kujawinski (