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The Deep-Sea Biodiversity Research Group aims to understand the diversity of deep-sea organisms, ranging from fish and other higher animals, to microbial eukaryotes, such as protists and fungi, as well as the effect of environmental changes on deep-sea ecosystem through studies, such as in-situ observation using research facilities and environmental DNA analysis.

In recent years, changes in ecosystems resulting from climate change and human activity have become prominent on a global scale. There is concern that these changes will expand further in the future. In marine ecosystems, loss of coral reefs due to rising sea temperature and acidification of the ocean, loss of fishery resources due to overfishing, etc. have become particularly serious problems. In order to help protect marine ecosystems, the biodiversity and impact of environmental changes on ecosystems are being assessed and monitored. However, in deep sea, one of the largest biospheres on earth, there is minimal progress in understanding the impact of environmental changes on its ecosystems.

The deep sea is a unique environment, containing not only chemosynthetic ecosystems and many rare species, but also marine products and mineral resources. Deep sea also holds great potential for genetic resources and the development of new drugs. We will promote the sustainable use of limited marine resources and the conservation of marine biodiversity, through an understanding of deep-sea biodiversity and the impact of environmental changes on deep ocean life.

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Deep-Sea Biodiversity Research Group (DeepBio)
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
2-15, Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka-city, Kanagawa, 237-0061, Japan