New French-Chilean Joint Unit to Study Marine Algae
To strengthen collaboration in the fields of ecology and marine evolutionary biology, the CNRS, UPMC and two Chilean universities signed an agreement recently for the creation of an International Joint Unit (UMI). Called EBEA, ‘Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Algae’, the new structure focuses on the ecology, evolution and genomics of marine algae.
Affiliated to the CNRS Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) and the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (UPMC), the EBEA is based at the Roscoff biological station, with mirror sites in two Chilean partner universities, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUCCh) and the Southern University of Chile (UACh). The EBEA – the third UMI between the CNRS and Chile – is based on tight scientific collaborations dating back to 1997, which fostered the emergence in Chile of a genuine ‘French school’ in the ecology and evolutionary genetics of marine organisms.