Niche overlap between a cold-water coral and an associated sponge for isotopically-enriched particulate food sources

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REFERENCE van Oevelen, Dick; Mueller, Christina E.; Lundälv, Tomas; van Duyl, Fleur C.; de Goeij, Jasper M.; Middelburg, Jack J. (2018). PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194659 ABSTRACT The cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa is an ecosystem engineer that builds reef structures on the … Read More

Seven new deep-water Tetractinellida (Porifera: Demospongiae) from the Galápagos Islands – morphological descriptions and DNA barcodes

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REFERENCE Schuster, Astrid; Cárdenas, Paco; Pisera, Andrzej; Pomponi, Shirley A.; Kelly, Michelle; Wörheide, Gert; Erpenbeck, Dirk. (2018). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx110 ABSTRACT The Galápagos Islands, positioned in the confluence of warm and coldwater currents in the Eastern … Read More

SponGES at the Blue Economy Research & Industry Dialogue Workshop

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Our team member Tiago Henriques da Silva (3B’s – UMINHO) represented project SponGES at the “Blue Economy Research & Industry Dialogue Workshop“, organised by the Blue Tech Cluster Alliance back to back with the Oceanology International conference 2018 (in London). … Read More

The sponge holobiont in a changing ocean: from microbes to ecosystems

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REFERENCE Pita, Lucía; Rix, Laura; Slaby, Beate; Franke, A; Hentschel, Ute. (2018). Microbiome. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40168-018-0428-1 ABSTRACT The recognition that all macroorganisms live in symbiotic association with microbial communities has opened up a new field in biology. Animals, plants, and algae are … Read More

Exploration and exploitation of the environment for novel specialized metabolites

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REFERENCE Loureiro, Catarina; Medema, Marnix H; van der Oost, John; Sipkema, Detmer. (2018). Current Opinion in Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2018.01.017 ABSTRACT Microorganisms are Nature’s little engineers of a remarkable array of bioactive small molecules that represent most of our new drugs. The … Read More

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