Strategic Program 1
Chemical interactions & mediations
- Coordinator: Maggy Nugues
- Co-coordinator: Isabelle Bonnard
- Technical Platforms: Bio2Mar, SEE-Moorea, Chemistry, Histology, Molecular Biology, Optics
Program 1 is dedicated to the study of interactions and chemical communication between coral reef organisms in order to better understand the role that chemicals and olfactory components play in the structure and functioning of coral reefs as well as the impact of environmental changes on these chemical processes.
Coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots, with many species interacting with each other and their physical environment. These interactions are largely based on molecular exchanges. The search for a shelter, security, food and a reproductive partner is subject to complex chemical interactions and highlights the role that chemistry plays in the structure and functioning of reef ecosystems.
For coral reefs, the study of biomolecules and their role in biological interactions is still in its infancy. The concepts of "essential molecules" and “olfactory landscape” are relatively new, but recent advances in analytical chemistry and metabolomics allow us to fill these knowledge gaps.
- Master 2 Internship: Biochemical characterization of antimicrobial compounds produced by bacteria associated with the cupped oyster Crassostrea Gigas (9/02/2022)
- Master 2 Internship: Olfactory landscapes and metamorphosis of the clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris (1/02/2022)
- 50 years of research on coral reefs at the University of Perpignan (29/01/2022)
- The “Fête de la Science” – 2020 (24/12/2021)
- Day of “Research Conferences” – 2021 (15/12/2021)