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Using population genomics and metabarcoding to pro-actively manage kelp bioresources

Project description

Exploring the genetics of Norwegian kelp forests

Kelp, a group of brown seaweeds that form large underwater forests along rocky coastlines, means big business in Norway. The country’s coast is long with perfect conditions for kelp farming but kelp forests are vulnerable to climate change, overharvesting and biofouling by epiphytes. The EU-funded NorKHelp project will fill research gaps. Based at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research, it will quantify the gene flow between populations of kelp forests of the Saccharina latissimi species. The community structure of epiphytic algae and bacteria will be described to determine if the host genotype or the environment determines their composition. The project will integrate community ecology and population genomics with an ecosystems approach to investigate the complexity of interactions.


Net EU contribution
€ 202 158,72
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 202 158,72