The Marine Biology Station Piran of the National Institute of Biology, in collaboration with the Slovenian Environment Agency, has developed a high-resolution model for predicting surface currents in the Gulf of Trieste as part of the Mercator Ocean Copernicus Marine User Engagement project.
Twenty metres below swimmers and watercraft, a cornucopia of creatures thrives at the bottom of the sea. This stable environment constitutes the habitat of crayfish, sea stars, flatfish, worms, and even microscopic creatures. Some of these microbes do not need air to live. Instead, buried in the sediment they slowly consume whatever organic matter they encounter. To do so, these “cleaners of the sea” produce enzymes and substances that may hold the key to cure diseases and improve our health. In search of such compounds, researchers at the National Institute of Biology (NIB) in Slovenia embarked in January on the research vessel Sagita (1-2). Tihomir Makovec, the head of the diving unit, operated underwater probes to capture samples of the sediment (3) in front of the city of Piran (Pirano) (4). Later, researcher, Luen Zidar, transferred them into the laboratory to grow them on agar plates (5). Patience will be key; cultivation of sea soil bacteria is a slow process that oftens requires months. And so, the hunt for potential new substances begins.
Dear underwater camera web page visitor!
The underwater camera at Cape Madona was turned off on 15 September 2023 for relocation purposes. Details about the new installation will be available soon.
Colleagues from Marine Biological Station Piran, National Institute of Biology wish you all the best!
NIB, together with the Italian and European institutions, including OGS, ISPRA and HCMR, participated in a study on the Eastern Mediterranean that proposes a method to improve the quality control of data on pollutants
We invite you to celebrate World Ocean Day by attending our Day of open doors at the Marine Biology Station Piran of the National Institute of Biology, which will be live again this year on Friday, June 10, 2022.
You can participate in guided tours, interactive workshops for children and young people, as well as interesting lectures and presentations.
Learn more in the invitation.
The Vida oceanographic buoy is currently undergoing final maintenance work before being connected back to its location.
We aim to make it operational in the shortest possible time.
Due to the strong winds that have reached and exceeded 40 knots at sea in the past few days (Thursday through Sunday), the oceanographic buoy Vida has become detached from its anchorage.
When we were sure the buoy was out of position on Monday morning, 11/10/2021, we quickly organized a search and rescue operation. We found the buoy Vida on Monday afternoon with the help of a flyover in the middle of the Adriatic Sea between Savudrija and Lignano (IT), about 16 miles from Piran. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, when weather conditions were favorable, we searched for the buoy with our vessel and slowly towed it into Portorož Marina. The crossing took a total of 14 hours.
The damage caused and the time when the buoy was detached are still being determined. We are working to ensure that the Vida buoy, which has been continuously providing meteorological and oceanographic data for many years, is operational again at its location as soon as possible.
Due to unforeseen events and consequent urgent operational work on the buoy, data from the Vida oceanographic buoy are unreliable.
Dear visitors of the website "Underwater camera at Cape Madonna",
we are pleased to inform you that the underwater camera at Cape Madonna is working again and also offers a better picture.
Next month (10-11.7.21) we are organizing a 48-hours hackaton with the aim to co-create knowledge and expand our collaborative networks in marine biotechnology. Everyone is invited, regardless of their seniority level or field of expertise. The ocean is vast, so the expertise needed to sustainably valorize it should cover everything, from biology to legal aspects. We are also kindly inviting you to spread the word among your colleagues, peers and students. There will be prizes and opportunities to write future joint publications and prepare for the future Horizon EU (and other) calls. Pass this invitation to any colleagues that might be interested in participating! Registration links are provided at the end of this message.