BONUS BLUEPRINT - Biological lenses using gene prints

This BONUS project (funded by Academy of Finland and EU) combines field studies, experiments, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics and modeling to achieve the overarching objective: to establishing a capacity to reliably deduce Baltic Sea environmental status based on indicators reflecting the biodiversity and genetic functional profiles of microbes in seawater samples.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Lasse Riemann University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark and includes partners from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University (SU), Linnaeus University (LNU), The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (SIME), Sweden, University of Helsinki (UH), Finland, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), Germany and University of Tartu (UT), Estonia. Our role at the University of Helsinki is to investigate cyanobacteria.