Updated on Nov 8, 2010
A challenging but promising way to study creatures living in the deep-sea or within the crust of our planet is to attempt to recreate the conditions in which those creatures live. While JAMSTEC researchers use a variety of ships and submersible vehicles to explore remote environments and collect organisms in their environment, the UBET team has the goal to develop new systems to maintain those live organisms in our laboratories. By recreating hydrostatic pressure and chemical conditions prevailing in deep environments in specifically designed culture systems, we are developing new experimental approaches that will allow us to better understand adaptations of organisms to their unusual and sometimes inhospitable environment, and to reveal new life strategies.
1. Developed pressure vessel for biological microscopic observation.
2. Yunohana crab (Gandalfus yunohana ) in our laboratory