WCO Biomolecular Observing Network (WCO BON)

[Image: RS4738 Flowcam Montage | Credit: MBA]

The Western Channel Observatory Biomolecular Observing Network will build on the successes of over a century of continuous biological observations, including 20 years of DNA sampling, by combining with innovative autonomous solutions for sampling, data capture and development of predictive capability through biological digital twins.

Biomolecular observations will help map biodiversity knowledge through temporal and spatial monitoring, with the bigger challenge of determining the biological functional capacity of this immense evolving marine genomic reservoir.

Our ambition is to achieve integrated global biomolecular observations and data sharing through networks of excellence and capacity development. Its predictive capability will ultimately revolutionise sustainable ocean management.

The observatory covers almost 1,000 km2 of coastal ocean in the Western English Channel adjacent to the city of Plymouth; home to three world-leading marine research organisations.

HCL Prize win – ‘The Phycosphere’ – Coscinodiscus diatom surrounded by bacteria. Cyan = DNA, Red = Chlorophyll. Lecia SP8 Confocal
Lead Institute
Collaborating institutes
Key contacts

Willie Wilson

Project updates

Project period

1 February, 202231 May, 2032 

Joined OBON in June, 2022
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