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The Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)


Meyer,  Raissa
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;


Buttigieg,  Pier Luigi
HGF MPG Joint Research Group for Deep Sea Ecology & Technology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Leinen, M., Chavez, F., Meyer, R., Meyer, R., Buttigieg, P. L., Davies, N., et al. (2022). The Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON). MARINE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY JOURNAL, 56(3), 106-106.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-C500-7
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.