Research & Initiatives

In the MRB lab, we conduct basic research on aquatic molecular ecology.

We also implement microbial indices in the National Monitoring Program of Israel's Mediterranean waters.

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Chemosynthetic ecosystems

-Gas seep ecology

-Chemosynthetic symbioses

-Functionality and the sphere of influence of hydrocarbon seepage

in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

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Microbial biomonitoring

-Establishing a baseline of microbial diversity in water column and sediments.

-Monitoring microbial populations using molecular tools

-4D assessment of microbial indices

-Identifying indicator species in a rapidly-changing region

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Carbon fixation

-Ecophysiology of microbes that fix carbon via more than one pathway.

-Identifying novel pathways of carbon fixation in extreme environemts.

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Marine pollution

-Microbial response to petroleum pollution: crude oil, tar and gas condensate.

-Metabolism of petroleum-degrading organisms.

-Other projects include the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in marine environment.

We employ:
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Oceanographic sampling

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Marine robotics

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Microsensors

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Molecular biology

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Bioinformatics

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