Ecology experiments for kids MAREE (experimental marine ecology)
The ZMT operates its own sea water pilot line (MAREE), are in the cage of year-round tropical organisms. In addition, approximately 150 m² stand space and material for the implementation of ecological and physiological experiments are available. More than 60 experimental aquaria in several independent seawater circulation systems (> 10 m³ water volume) and a mesocosm (15 m³ water volume) for this purpose provide a flexible infrastructure. A routine production of different phytoplankton and zooplankton is guaranteed and is among others the production of live food. Respirationsanlagen, a flow channel and the possibility of manipulation experiments with temperature, salinity, light, CO2 and O2 to carry out, round off the offer.
The research concept of the underlying MAREE three research lines:
Ecology Experiments For Kids – Complementary laboratory experiments, field research
Many research projects at the ZMT include field research on ecological and biogeochemical processes in marine tropical ecosystems. Complementary articles in MAREE in laboratory experiments the effects of individual environmental factors are examined. In manipulation experiments can selectively e.g. The influence of water temperature, pH, nutrient content or flow rate are recorded on the test organisms.
Ecology Experiments For Kids – Ecophysiological experiments
Ecophysiological experiments help to understand how organisms interact with their environment. The influence of various environmental parameters on metabolism, physiology and life cycles of marine organisms key wins against the backdrop of a changing environment in importance. On ZMT be selected parameters and potential indicator processes or types examined. Currently, the effects of ocean acidification on calcifying organisms are in the foreground. Respiration continues to capture the physiology of selected ornamentals are performed.
Ecology Experiments For Kids – Bred commercially and ecologically important marine organisms
The ZMT edited questions to breed commercially and ecologically important Meeresorganimsen. Especially ornamentals that are attractive for the aquarium market, or so-called “ecosystem engineers”, ie organisms that occupy important functional roles in the ecosystem are explored. The improvement of water and forage quality of caging will be tested as well as sexual and asexual reproduction of test organisms.