Moorea Biocode Project

Based at the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station and France's CNRS-EPHE Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement (CRIOBE), the Moorea Biocode Project aims to build a comprehensive inventory of all non-microbial life on the island by 2011. With a $5.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the full Project began in January 2007 (press release) and has sampled the entire island from mountain tops to ocean depths.  

Treasure island: pinning down a model ecosystem  Nature 439, 378-379 (2006) -- see also Breakthroughs

Partner Institutions

In addition to UC Berkeley, the Moorea Biocode Project partners include: CNRS (France), Smithsonian Institution, Florida Museum of Natural History, French Polynesia (Research Department), IRD (New Caledonia), and the Association for Marine Exploration (Hawaii). Voucher specimens of all specimens sequenced are desposited in various museums and herbaria including, MNHN (Paris), Berkeley Natural History Museums, National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.), and FLMNH (Gainesville, FL).

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