Biosciences and Biotechnology Institute of Aix-Marseille
The Institute highlights concern significant scientific results which have been published in international reviews, patent filing, purchase of a special equipment, appointments, the establishment of a strong partnership, and other items contributing to the scientific visibility of the BIAM Institute.
By 2030, Europe needs a sustainable environmental action plan that links durability to food security. The goal of the H2020 CAPITALIZE Project (Combining Approaches for Photosynthetic Improvement To ALlow Increased Sustainability in European Agriculture) will be to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis by 10%. This so-called "smart crops for the climate" project has just obtained a European financing agreement of 8.6 million euros.
Difficult to clean up, the radioactive elements strontium 90 and radium 226 could be extracted from the environment using photosynthetic bacteria capable of selectively trapping them. Coordinated by the Institute of Mineralogy, Material Physics and Cosmochemistry (Sorbonne University) this study was carried out in collaboration with BIAM.
The trajectory and swimming speed of the magnetotactic bacterium Magnetococcus marinus, known to move rapidly, was determined. The actual speed is 400-500 µm/s for a 1 µm bacterium, making it a swimming champion.
CEA researchers and their partners have synthesized and characterized tungsten particles similar to those to be produced by the Iter fusion reactor and have identified their cyto-genotoxic properties in lung models.
Researchers from the CEA, CNRS and University of Aix-Marseille1, in collaboration with KAERI from South Korea, have highlighted, through a large-scale meta-analysis, a wide variety of repair, protection and regulation tools that allow a family of bacteria to resist radiation.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.