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1 Introduction
Pages 7-10

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... The fundamental knowledge gained from basic molecular research on marine organisms could fuel exciting new commercial opportunities and provide economic potential for future generations. Immediate potential benefits include improved management of marine resources such as fisheries, enhanced production of economically important species through aquacu~ture, development of useful processes and compounds from marine organisms, and new information of value for mitigating of environmental pollution and for resource utilization.
From page 8...
... For example, molecular techniques can be invaluable in addressing process-oriented questions in the ocean sciences that have perplexed oceanographers for decades, including understanding the basis for biogeochemical processes, larval recruitment, upper-ocean dynamics, marine biological diversity, ecological impacts of human activities, and the biological consequences of global warming. The physiological, biochemical, and genetic processes of individual organisms are often the most sensitive to environmental stress, and these processes are integrated into population- and ecosystem-level changes.
From page 9...
... I NTRODUCTION 9 "Critical Scientific guestior~s" Basic Research _ Biological Oceanography Marine Biology Cell/Developmental Biology Chemical Ecology 'Technologies to Answer Questions,' Molecular Technologies and Instruments Technology Development Technology Transfer Infrastructure 'practical ImplicatiorLs" Applications and Social Impacts Marine Biotechnology Global Change Envirorunental Quality Manne Resources Management Conservation Products from the Sea 1 , FIGURE ~ - ~ . Overview of report structure.
From page 10...
... Chapter 5 discusses the expanding field of chemical ecology, the role of chemicals in complex biological interactions, the nature of the products involved, and how these chemicals are produced, disseminated, and detected. In Chapter 6 the committee identifies basic research topics that it believes could benefit significantly from increased research support, recommends more effective mechanisms to encourage technology development and transfer, and proposes the need for a mechanism to promote collaborative partnerships among federal agencies, academic marine scientists, and private industry.

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