ENALIA PHYSIS is part of the international consortium of CYCLAMEN project funded by TOTAL corporate foundation, that will undertake an evolutionary survey in Cyprus. The project was commenced in December 2014 and deals with the elusive Cold‐water corals of Cyprus, that have never been investigated before.
Within the framework of the two-year project, CYCLAMEN will conduct a detailed study of deep coral communities in Cypriot waters, the first of its kind in the the eastern Mediterranean.The research will include an environmental characterization of the area, as well as a study of the spatial distribution of deep coral communities. In addition to the study of the biology of the coral species and their responses to environmental changes through ecophysiological examinations, genetic studies of the corals will also be conducted. This is a pioneer project for Cyprus and, through its associated scientific outreach programme, it aims to disseminate information about these ecosystems, still mostly unknown, to the general public.
The project will be solely undertaken in the eastern coasts of the island (see attached map) and during the projects actions, the Multipurpose Research Vessel AIGAIO of HCMR will visit Cyprus for the project purposes.
The project is led by a researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), and counts on the participation of institutions in Cyprus: The Cyprus Institute (CyI) and NGO Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre, (EPERC); in France: Aix-Marseille University – Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity & Ecology (AMU-IMBE); in Greece: The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR); in Mónaco: Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM); in the United Kingdom: National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and in Spain: University of Barcelona (UB).
For more updated on the project you may álso follow the CYCLAMEN project webpage.