Massive silicon utilization facilitated by a benthic‐pelagic coupled feedback sustains deep‐sea sponge aggregations

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REFERENCE Maldonado, Manuel; Beazley, Lindsay; López-Acosta, María; Kenchington, Ellen; Casault, Benoit; Hanz, Ulrike; Mienis, Furu (2020). Limnology and Oceanography https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11610. ABSTRACT Biogeochemical cycling of silicon (Si), largely affected by biological drivers, is pivotal to the ecological functioning of the ocean. Most … Read More

Chloroflexi dominate the deep-sea Golf Ball Sponges Craniella zetlandica and Craniella infrequens throughout different life stages

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REFERENCE Busch, Kathrin; Wurz, Erik; Rapp, Hans Tore; Bayer, Kristina; Franke, Andre; Hentschel, Ute (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00674. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge grounds are underexplored ecosystems that provide numerous goods and services to the functioning of the deep-sea. This … Read More

Microbial diversity of the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii in response to anthropogenic activities

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REFERENCE Busch, Kathrin; Beazley, Lindsay; Kenchington, Ellen; Whoriskey, Frederick; Slaby, Beate M; Hentschel, Ute (2020). Conservation Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-020-01305-2. ABSTRACT Establishment of adequate conservation areas represents a challenging but crucial task in the conservation of genetic diversity and biological variability. Anthropogenic … Read More

Microbial strategies for survival in the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii

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REFERENCE Bayer, Kristina; Busch, Kathrin; Kenchington, Ellen; Beazley, Lindsay; Franzenburg, Sören; Michels, Jan; Hentschel, Ute; Slaby, Beate M (2020). mSystems https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00473-20. ABSTRACT Few studies have explored the microbiomes of glass sponges (Hexactinellida). The present study seeks to elucidate the composition … Read More

Community composition and habitat characterization of a rock sponge aggregation (Porifera, Corallistidae) in the Cantabrian Sea

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REFERENCE Ríos, Pilar; Praddo, Elena; Carvalho, Francisca C; Sánchez Francisco; Rodríguez-Basalo, Augusto; Xavier, Joana R; Ibarrola, Teodoro P; Cristobo Javier (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00578. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge-dominated communities are complex habitats considered hotspots of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. … Read More

The Molecular Machinery of Gametogenesis in Geodia Demosponges (Porifera): Evolutionary Origins of a Conserved Toolkit across Animals

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REFERENCE Koutsouveli, Vasiliki; Cárdenas Paco; Santodomingo Nadiezhda; Marina Anabel; Morato Esperanza;  Rapp Hans Tore; Riesgo Ana (2020). Molecular Biology and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msaa183. ABSTRACT All animals are capable of undergoing gametogenesis. The ability of forming haploid cells from diploid cells through meiosis … Read More

New paper in Science Advances sheds light on biosilicification in sponges

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The new paper led by our team member Manuel Maldonado (and collaborators the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the London Museum of Natural History) describes how the cooperation between passive and active silicon transporters clarifies the ecophysiology and evolution of … Read More

On giant shoulders: how a seamount affects the microbial community composition of seawater and sponges

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REFERENCE Busch, Kathrin; Hanz, Ulrike; Mienis, Furu; Mueller, Benjamin; Franke, Andre; Roberts, Emyr Martyn; Rapp, Hans Tore; Hentschel, Ute (2020). Biogeosciences https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3471-2020. ABSTRACT Seamounts represent ideal systems to study the influence and interdependency of environmental gradients at a single geographic … Read More

Drivers of Megabenthic Community Structure in One of the World’s Deepest Silled-Fjords, Sognefjord (Western Norway)

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REFERENCE Meyer, Heidi K; Roberts, Emyr M; Mienis, Furu; Rapp, Hans Tore (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00393. ABSTRACT The Sognefjord is the longest (205 km) and deepest (1308 m) fjord in Norway, and the second-longest in the world. Coast-fjord … Read More

Technical measures and environmental risk assessments for deep-sea sponge conservation

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REFERENCE Thompson, T; Fuller, SD (2020). FAO. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3859806. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Reducing the impacts of deep-sea bottom fishing in the high seas on non-target and associated and dependent species, including vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) is an important element of an ecosystem-based … Read More

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