Joint research projects on marine model organisms

The joint research activities of ASSEMBLE are designed to improve the quality of provision of marine organisms with an emphasis on models for marine genomics. This includes multi-cellular organisms, unicellular eukaryotic organisms and cell lines as well as genetic and molecular resources.


A list of the marine genomic models, which are graded as existing, emerging and potential according to the extent of the genomic data already available, is available here. The other criteria taken into account to indentify common models are:  biological (e.g., evolutionary), ecological or economical significance; amenability for culture; impact on the community, within the consortium and beyond; and availability of biological tools, such as amenability to sexual or asexual propagation. This list, however, is by no means exhaustive and ASSEMBLE has built in flexibility to respond to other requests. It may be expected that this opportunity will act as a pipe-line to accelerate the development of presently un-predicted experimental systems but for which demand will arise in the life-time of this project. In this light the research projects in ASSEMBLE will include:


Improving the provision of whole, multi-cellular organisms, including such activities as tank development, flow control, filtration and containment, feeding, breeding, and distribution of marine plants and animals;


Improving the provision of unicellular eukaryotic organisms and cell lines, including such activities as development of new cell lines, development of techniques for cryopreservation.


Improving the provision of genetic and molecular resources, including such activities as the development of mutant lines, and the curation and arraying of libraries prior to their archiving into a common genomic resource centre (MPI-MG, Berlin).