An international team of researchers led by a researcher from the University of Victoria in Canada have discovered a small collection of genes and proteins from the Pacific island of Imagenes that may help scientists understand the life cycle of microorganisms that inhabit the region.
The team of nine researchers from across the world collaborated to collect samples from four areas of the Pacific.
The results were published in the Journal of Biosciences on Monday.
Microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, viruses and protists inhabit and grow in many areas of Earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers.
Researchers have found a number of DNA and protein sequences from several different species of these organisms, including those found in freshwater and marine environments.
The Imagenesis Project, led by U.S.-based microbiologist and scientist David Fuchs, is one of several groups working to understand the diversity of microorganisms inhabiting the ocean, and its potential role in the planet’s natural history.
“This project will bring together researchers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Japan, to share knowledge and collaborate on future projects related to marine microorganisms and their evolutionary history,” said Fuchs.
The findings from the ImagenES project, funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, were first reported in the journal PLOS One.