NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $35 million to fund a number of new research projects focused on discoveries about how microbes interact in the oceans and how they affect ecosystems.

The Moore Foundation said this week that the 16 grants awarded under its Marine Microbiology Initiative will fund innovative investigators seeking to understand how the trillions of microbes in the oceans affect the flow of nutrients in the waters and how they may impact larger phenomena, such as climate change.

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