Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls (OOB)

Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls (OOB)

Research Infrastructure affiliation: EMBRC

Location: Banyuls sur mer, France

Website address: www.embrc-france.fr

Local Access Officer: Julie Boeuf (julie.boeuf@obs-banyuls.fr)


EMBRC-France, the French national node of EMBRC, is an integrated national marine biological resource centre jointly operated by the Pierre and Marie Curie Paris 6 University (UPMC) and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). EMBRC-France comprises services of the 3 marine stations of Roscoff, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Access is offered via a coordinated entry point to local ecosystems, marine organisms, analytical platforms, as well as hosting facilities. The Banyuls’s observatory (UPMC-OOB) is a marine biology and ecology research and teaching centre situated on the Mediterranean coast in south of France.

UPMC-OOB missions include developing research and academic education on the biology of marine organisms and ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea, providing access to the biological and ecological resources of the site and promoting applications in marine blue biotechnology.


UPMC-OOB installation supplies living marine organisms from local ecosystems (on-site and remote access) as well as the state-of-the-art analytical platforms required for high quality research on these resources, including expertise in informatics, and for new opportunities in bio-discovery.

Marine biological resources access covers a range of marine organisms, either collected from wild stocks, or as cultured marine biological models. The installation hosts the Banyuls Bacterial Culture Collection (2B2C), a collection of more than 2,500 bacterial strains, and also provides access to the eukaryotic picoalgae Ostreococcus tauri (for which a genetic resource in terms of reporter lines and mutants is available), Bathycoccus sp. and Micromonas sp. together with their associated viruses, sea urchins (Sphaerechinus granularis & Paracentrotus lividus), cephalochordate Amphioxus, ascidians, the coral Veretillum cynomorium, polychaete Eupolymnia nebulosa, thesea cucumber Holothuria tubulosa, starfish Echinastersepositus, sea lily Antedon mediterranea, tube anemone (Cerianthus membranaceus),and vertebrates (hagfish, dogfish and sea bass).


The UPMC-OOB offers access to the local ecosystem via research vessels, scientific divers. On-site and remote access is offered to biological resources. Mutualised technological platforms offer a range of services. Services for hosting visiting researchers include 1 hosting centre, a restaurant, and dedicated fully equipped visitor laboratories and offices.

Support offered

In EMBRIC, UPMC-OOB offers access to marine facilities (boat, divers). UPMC-OOB provides the scientific and technical environment and facilities for accommodating visiting scientists (equipped wet and dry research laboratories next to coastal ecosystems, aquarium facilities, meeting rooms, office spaces). According to need, technical staff can provide advice and training in the use of the facilities.