Biosphere

What is it?

It’s life. It’s the fauna and flora. It is all the ecosystems, beings and living organisms in all their diversity: from the microscopic bacterium to the giant blue whale through us humans.
The biosphere contains large quantities of life-sustaining elements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, water, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.
The biosphere and in particular the vegetation, whether forest (terrestrial) or phytoplankton (marine) have a considerable influence on the gas composition of the atmosphere (water vapor, carbon dioxide, oxygen and methane in particular).

Did you know?
The Biosphere suffered five major periods of extinction, the last massive extinction 65 million years ago, removed almost all dinosaurs as well as more than 90% of marine species and 70% of terrestrial species.

Scientific specialities

Most of these specialities below are featured in our flagship card game 7 SPHERES®

Zoology


Study of the animal kingdom.
This includes embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct, and how they interact with their ecosystems.

What is the difference between Artic and Antarctic’s animals?

Join us in our Polar Adventure workshop to find out. Or email us at contact@maintenant.org.uk
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Botany



Analysis and classification of plants.

Using sunlight, plants produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas).

They also provide food and medicine.

Microbiology



Study of microscopic organisms, invisible to the naked eye (bacteria, fungi, viruses).
Study of their structure and interaction with their environment.

In collaboration with AgroSup Dijon (National Superior Institute of Agronomic Sciences, Food and Environment), we created a workshop exploring the “small world” and producing plant-based yogurt full of friendly bacteria called probiotics. Or email us at contact@maintenant.org.uk
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More info about each bacteria coming soon …

Ichtyology



Fish science.

Study of their anatomy and behavioural evolution. Analysis of their interaction with their environment: nutrition, reproduction, migration.

Genetics



Study of genes and heredity of living organisms (plants, bacteria, animals, humans).

Heredity is the transmission of a gene, for example eye colour, to the descendants.

Paleocoprology



Analysis of coprolites or fossilised excrements.

Research on the lifestyle and diets of past living organisms.

It is a branch of palaeontology.

Ethology



Study of animals’ behaviours and adaptation strategies.

Understanding of their reproduction, communication, nutrition and migration.