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Introduce Budding Scientists to Marine Microorganisms with the MaCuMBA Education Supplement

A special educational publication which aims to introduce students aged 8-12 to the fascinating world of marine microbes has been produced by the MaCuMBA (Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications) project.

The Education Supplement accompanies the eighth issue of the project’s newsletter and is available to download from the project’s website: www.macumbaproject.eu MaCuMBA is a four-year EC FP7-funded project that aims to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. The four-page Education Supplement includes: fun marine microbe facts; links to online resources and activities relating to marine microbes; a comic strip entitled MaCuMBA Meltdown; and a marine microbe quiz. In the eighth issue of MaCuMBA Project News: an interview with Marieke Reuver, Programme Manager at AquaTT, Dublin, who is leader of MaCuMBA Work Package 9 (WP9), Dissemination, Knowledge Management and Linkages; MaCuMBA researcher profiles in the Culture Club; get acquainted with the Marine Biotechnology European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) in our series of Petri Dish Profiles of other European-funded projects related to the study of marine microorganisms; and the Under the Micro¬scope section rounds up stories about marine microorganisms that have been making the news. You can also keep up to date with the latest news from MaCuMBA by “liking” the project’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MaCuMBAProject Note for Editors MaCuMBA is led by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and is a joint venture of 23 partner institutions from 11 EU countries. MaCuMBA aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats by applying innovative methods and using automated high-throughput procedures. AquaTT is the communication and dissemination partner for the project. For more information and press queries, contact Marieke Reuver, AquaTT Programme Manager, E-mail: marieke@aquatt.ie Detailed partner profiles are available on request.

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