May issue of BONUS in Brief OUT

BiB May 2015
Included in this issue: An editorial about future plans, a guest column by HELCOM on an example of using BONUS results in practice by defining more precise nutrient reduction targets, introductions of the eight  sustainable ecosystem services projects started last month, and news snippets of events and publications. 


20.05.2015 The joint Latvian Embassy in Finland and BONUS seminar on maritime spatial planning concluded

His Excellency, the Latvian Ambassador Mr. Ugis Bambe opened the joint Latvian and Finnish Seminar on Maritime Spatial Planning as an event organised jointly with BONUS under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union earlier today at the premises of Hakaniemenranta 6, Helsinki. Executive Director Ms. Kaisa Kononen from the BONUS Secretariat welcomed the guests on behalf of BONUS.

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06.05.2015 Joint regional climate system modelling for the European sea regions

A joint HyMex-Baltic Earth Workshop, 5-6 November 2015

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06.05.2015 Impact of climate change on the marine environment with special focus on the role of changing extremes

International advanced PhD course co-organized by the “Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management” (BEAM) and Baltic Earth programmes and funded by BEAM

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06.05.2015 Challenges for Earth system science in the Baltic Sea region: From measurements to models

A Doctoral Students Conference, jointly organized by Baltic Earth and the University of Tartu

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21.04.2015 Registration opens for the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, 15-16 June 2015, Jurmala, Latvia

Register for the event TODAY! The deadline for registration is 24 May 2015 and the number of seats is limited.

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News from projects

15.05.2015 CHANGE testing biocide-free antifouling techniques in collaboration with Motorboat Club

In two years from now, no toxic antifouling paints will be used on the boat hulls at Nynäshamn Motorboat Club. Instead the boat owners will use biocide-free techniques to prevent and remove fouling organisms.

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Project blogs

22.05.2015 22:59Mission “Standardized water sampling” accomplished! (BLUEPRINT Blog) Dr. Christin Bennke

Fafisrom April 27th to April 30th 2015, Dr. Christin Bennke (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, BLUEPRINT- WP6) had the opportunity to participate in a cruise of r/v Elisabeth Mann Borgese (EMB101) to test the sampling of seawater using the newly developed AFIS (autonomous flow injection sampler, see Figure 1). After previous tests which showed that technical improvements were needed, this cruise should serve to prove that the adaptation phase was successful.


AFIS is a technique for taking water samples without altering or even destroying the metagenomic and metatranscriptomic information within the planktonic microorganisms in the sample. This can be accomplished by the injection of a chemical fixative consisting of a phenol-ethanol mix directly at the depth of sampling.


The RNA of the microorganisms reacts very fast on environmental changes. The idea is to use this information for new monitoring strategies, especially for autonomous measurements. But the functioning of adequate sampling techniques is crucial for such a plan.


During the EMB 101 cruise samples for nutrient analyses, chlorophyll a, microbial cell counts and DNA as well as RNA were taken along the vertical salinity gradient at the Baltic Sea stations Darss Sill and Arkona Bassin in parallel. And then, for the first time, in-situ samples were taken by the improved AFIS. There were only four days of ship time, so everyone on board was nervous whether the testing would work making the cruise a success. But AFIS turned out to be reliable now: All three AFIS worked perfectly and samples are now ready for further laboratory analysis ashore.


These developments are fundamental steps towards standardized nucleic acid sampling protocols (BLUEPRINT-WP6), which are necessary to reveal and compare functional roles of the seawater microbes under different environmental settings.

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BONUS call 2014: Sustainable ecosystem services funded projects have started in April 2015. A further call will open in late 2015.

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