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The Tara Oceans expedition, co-directed by Eric Karsenti (CNRS researcher) and Etienne Bourgois, sails on all the seas to study marine plankton ecosystems (plankton plays an essential role in the life of the planet implementing, for example, half of total photosynthesis). From its departure from Lorient on 5 September 2009 and its return on 30 April 2012, the schooner Tara implemented 154 scientific stations in order to collect samples for laboratory analysis. Some 20 additional stations are being implemented in the Arctic Ocean. The samples are both organism collections and sets of physicochemical data acquired with a view to characterizing the environment in which the organisms exist.
Learn more about Tara Oceans project : http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/
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