Sponge-derived silica for tissue regeneration – Bioceramics of deep-sea sponge

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REFERENCE Dudik, Olesia; Lenor, Isabel; Xavier, Joana R; Rapp, Hans Tore; Pires, Ricardo A, Silva, Tiago H; Reis, Rui L. (2018). Materials Today. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mattod.2018.03.025. EXSTRACT Sponges (Phylum Porifera) are highly diverse and important members of many benthic communities in all … Read More

Glass sponge grounds on the Scotian Shelf and their associated biodiversity

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REFERENCE Hawkes, Nickolas; Korabik, Michelle; Beazley, Lindsay; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R; Kenchington, Ellen (2018). Marine Ecology Progress Series. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12903. ABSTRACT Emerald Basin on the Scotian Shelf off Nova Scotia, Canada, is home to a globally unique population of … Read More

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

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

Insights into the reproduction of some Antarctic dendroceratid, poecilosclerid, and haplosclerid demosponges

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REFERENCE Koutsouveli, Vasiliki; Taboada, Sergi; Moles, Juan; Cristobo, Javier; Ríos, Pilar; Bertran, Andrea; Solà, Joan; Avila, Conxita, Riesgo, Ana (2018). Plos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192267. ABSTRACT Sponges are a dominant element of the Antarctic benthic communities, posing both high species richness and … Read More

Internal wave turbulence at a biologically rich Mid-Atlantic seamount

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REFERENCE van Haren, Hans; Hanz, Ulrike; de Stigter, Henko; Mienis, Furu; Duineveld, Gerard. (2017). PLoS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189720 ABSTRACT The turbulence regime near the crest of a biologically rich seamount of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge southwest of the Azores was registered in … Read More

Deep-sea sponges in practice – Six info-sheets by SponGES partner FAO

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SponGES partner FAO just released six info-sheets about deep-sea sponges and their habitats, covering topics like: What is the role of sponges in the marine environment? How can sponges be identified and what are the procedures to preserve sponge samples … Read More

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