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    Morris Kahn Marine Research Station located at Kibbutz Sdot-Yam

    The Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, located in Kibbutz Sdot-Yam, was established by The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences of the University of Haifa. The station's focus is on Long-Term Ecological Research of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea at its doorstep. This will address the accelerated development along its coastline, in the deep sea and the demand for a reliable database for decision-makers, scientists and the public.

    The facility deals with 5 meta-layers, representing 5 different habitats, all which contribute to a full understanding of this complex environment. These are: (1) Sediment, (2) Rocky Reefs, (3) Biogeochemistry, (4) Top Predators and (5) Marine Pathogens , all built into a public open source, cloud database. 

    To accomplish these goals, the facility is equipped with controlled seawater flow and biological experimentation systems that are required for aquaculture and renewable energy-related research.  The marine station has a research vessel that serves as a diving platform for our coastal water research. Other smaller laboratories are equipped with facilities for dissection, necropsies, and separate areas dedicated for graduate and visiting researchers to sit.

    The facility labs are equipped with the most sophisticated and sensitive equipment, and home to the highly trained and qualified scientists that conduct the innovative research using the novel and up-to-date methods for collecting as much data as possible in the shortest period of time.

    We are interested in establishing connections that complement our top quality research, innovation, and initiatives. We are always looking for new applied fields of research, and working with relevant stakeholders. Our aim is to achieve international status in biotechnology and biogeochemical research in the eastern Mediterranean, with our leading experts and equipment portfolio, which includes: marine chemistry (Seal AA3), GC-IRMS-MS, confocal microscopy, membrane inlet mass spectrometry, Molecular biology facilities, and a bioinformatics unit (at University of Haifa). Our target industries includes: mariculture and aquaculture, the bio-fuel market, marine biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, water and air treatment and environmental projects.

    Our research projects to date include: deep exploration technology (soft arm robotics for efficient collection in deep sea); marine pathogens (discovery and tackling antibiotic-resistant pathogens); natural sunscreen compounds in macroalga; heterologous expression of symbiont-DNA is used to reveal novel compounds (natural products). Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information on grant and research collaboration.

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