Center for Marine Research
The Center for Marine Research (CMR) of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb is an interdisciplinary center, whose activities are focused upon basic and applied oceanographic research.
The Center for Marine Research (CMR) of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb is an interdisciplinary center, whose activities are focused upon basic and applied oceanographic research, including the following areas:
- Processes and dynamics within and between trophic levels (primary and secondary production, cycle of basic and biogenic elements);
- Investigation of water mass dynamics;
- Flora, fauna and animal communities (taxonomy, ecology and organism communities in natural and polluted areas);
- Ecological, physiological and genetic research on marine organisms and the impacts of pollution; monitoring of pollution and marine water quality; investigation of eutrophication.
The influence and correlation of ionic regulation mechanisms and activities of carbonic anhydrase, (CA) within the biomineralization process of marine organisms. Protein content analysis of tissues and hard structures. The role of protein and its correlation with morphological changes to shell and skeleton.more »
Laboratory forEcology andSystemtics ofBenthos (LESB) conducts basic and applied reserch of marine biology and ecology.more »
... understand proteotoxic, cytotoxic and genotoxic mechanisms involved in toxification of xenobiotics on cellular and molecular level as well as on the population level of marine organismsmore »
We are studying the ecology and evolution of microbial communities.more »
The Laboratory mission is investigation of natural processes and anthropogenic pollution impacts on selected marine organisms.more »
The IPA Adriatic Cross-border Programme aims at strengthening the cooperation and sustainable development of the Adriatic region, through the realisation of the initiatives referring to three priority axes: economic, social and institutional cooperation.
The general BALMAS objective is to establish a common cross-border system linking all Adriatic research, experts and national responsible authorities to avoid the unwanted risks to the environment and humans from the feasible impacts of HAOP (Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Patogens) through the potential transfer by Ballast Waters (BW) and sediments. An early warning system (EWS) about the presence of HAOP in ports, as well as a decision support system (DSS) for faster and effective decision making on BWM to responsible authorities will be developed. By developing a joint Adriatic BWM DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (DSS), BWM Plan and Strategy, BALMAS will ensure uniform BWM requirements to ease shipping and at the same time to maximize environmental and economical protection of all sea users.more »
One of the priority task starting from the local and national levels to the regional and global levels, is research of benthic communities biodiversity as one of the best indicators of the environmental quality and most reliable indicator of human activities and natural changes consequences.more »
Biomineralization processes during embryonic development of marine organisms: snails, bivalves and echinoids
This project focuses on studying and comparing key biological and inorganic aspects of shellfish, gastropod and sea urchin biomineralization during embryonal development through the use of advanced materials characterization and proteomics techniques as a basis for furthering the development of a fundamental and comprehensive model of biomineralization.more »
Biomineralization is a complex combination of biochemical and physiological processes in the creation hard structures, depending on endogenous activity of an organism and the exogenous environmental influence. In marine organisms biomineralization starts in early stages of development and continues during the entire life.more »
Cope with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century: Integrated Basic and Applied training in a Success-oriented Bioprospecting - BIOCAPI...
There is an increasing interest of pharmaceutical industry in the natural environment as a source for new lead compounds. This interest is based on the fact that the chemical diversity of natural bioactive compounds is much higher than that of compounds synthesized by standard combinatorial chemistry.more »
Shellfish represent a significant part of the Croatian and global fish markets, however their susceptibility to contamination by algal toxins, with the resulting periodic outbreak of food poisoning in humans, places their commercial value at constant risk.more »
Anthropogenic pollution is characterised by the dispersal of contaminants in all parts of biosphere so there are no ecosystems free from traces of human activity, because even areas unknown to human habitation are contaminated by pollutants carried by the movements of air masses or by marine currentsmore »
Wine production as a biotechnological process is based on traditional alcohol fermentation technology, where different yeast species have main role. Application of modern molecular techniques, such as analysis on the level of genome, transcriptome and proteome, enables determination of their phylogenetic linkage and physiological activity.more »
Investigation of natural and anthropogenic influences on marine organisms is complex: it comprises changes at the level of biological communities and populations down to the cellular level, metabolic processes and macromolecules. It is therefore important to know the basic mechanisms and effects of pollutants on cellular and molecular processes, genomic structure and stability.more »
Realisation of an Integrated Monitoring System of the Quality of Adriatic Sea, with particular regard to Eutrophication and Mucilage Phenomena - REQ...
Nanotechnology is having a large impact in many industrial sectors and the use of nanoparticles is continuously increasing in many fields, from paints, automotive components, consumer products such as cosmetic sunscreens and anti-odorant up to biology and medicine.more »
During the last fifteen years in the northern Adriatic, changes in hydrological regime and exchange of water masses were noticed, as well as an increased frequency of mucilage events. This phenomenon is related to the organic carbon cycle, being favoured when expressed horizontal and vertical gradients occur.more »
Sustainable production, Physiology, Oceanography, Natural products, Genetics and Economics of Sponges - SPONGES
Many marine sponges contain natural compounds that have potential interest to society. Limited possibilities to supply these compounds from natural resources often delays or even stops further development of a product after its initial discovery. In the project, systems and processes for the cultivation of marine sponges will be developed in order to create a stable and sustainable supply and reduce pressures on natural resources.more »
In the framework of the project, historical data series that characterise the marine ecosystem will be analysed in addition to acquisitions and elaborations of data relevant for the explanation of processes related to unusual phenomena in the Adriatic Sea.more »
Uncovering composition and diversity of marine picophytoplankton in northern Adriatic coastal waters
Our knowledge of the diversity of picoplankton is very limited for the Adriatic Sea, so developing methods for assessing and monitoring their ecology and diversity is essential for understanding their contribution in food web dynamics and biochemical cycles.more »
Determination of markers and biomarkers in marine water, sediment and organismsfor marine quality, risk assessment
Determinaton of marine quality for risk assessment of natural and anthropogenic contaminationmore »