Preserving & protecting our oceans
High-profile stories on coral reef destruction, microplastic pollution and resource depletion demonstrate the urgent need to preserve the life within our oceans. Marine microorganisms face significant hazards such as climate change and pollution, which will have a knock-on effect on the ocean life they support. These changes may also introduce new risks to human health and economic growth. Understanding marine microbes and the external factors that affect them is necessary so that we can take measures to protect marine biodiversity. Marine microbes may even hold the key to tackling these threats, for example through the biodegradation of plastics.
The marine microbiome is the diverse community of microorganisms found in oceans and other marine environments. This briefing covers threats to marine microbes and their potential uses for industry.