New paper in Scientific Reports present groundbreaking discovery in the quest for marine invertebrate cell cultures

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The new paper led by our team member Shirley Pomponi (and collaborators the Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch, Wageningen University & Research, and Nord University Bodø) describes the first successful development of rapid cell division in marine sponges. You … Read More

Breakthrough in marine invertebrate cell culture: Sponge cells divide rapidly in improved nutrient medium

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REFERENCE Conkling, Megan; Hesp, Kylie; Munroe, Stephanie; Sandoval, Kenneth; Martens, Dirk E; Sipkema, Detmer; Wijffels, Rene H; Pomponi, Shirley A (2019). Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-53643-y. ABSTRACT Sponges (phylum porifera) are among the oldest Metazoa and considered critical to understanding animal evolution … Read More

Environmental factors influencing benthic communities in the oxygen minimum zones on the Angolan and Namibian margins

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REFERENCE Hanz, Ulrike; Weinberg, Claudia; Hebblen, Dierk; Duineveld, Gerard; Lavaleye, Marc; Juva, Katriina; Dullo, Wolf-Christian; Friewald, Andrè; Tamborrino, Leonardo; Reichart, Gert-Jan; Flögel, Sascha; Mienis, Furu (2019). Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4337-2019. ABSTRACT Thriving benthic communities were observed in the oxygen minimum zones along … Read More

Removal of deep-sea sponges by bottom trawling in the Flemish Cap area: conservation, ecology and economic assessment

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REFERENCE Pham, CK; Murillo, FJ; Maldonado, M; Colaço, A; Ottaviani, D; Kenchington, E (2019). Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52250-1. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge grounds are vulnerable marine ecosystems, which through their benthic-pelagic coupling of nutrients, are of functional relevance to the deep-sea realm. … Read More

Spatial patterns of arctic sponge ground fauna and demersal fish are detectable in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) imagery

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REFERENCE Meyer, HK; Roberts, EM; Rapp, HT; Davies, AJ (2019). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2019.103137. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge grounds are important habitats that provide several ecosystem services, yet relatively little is known about their distribution and … Read More

Buchwald Hartwig diversification of unprotected halotryptophans, halotryptophan containing tripeptides and the natural product barettin in aqueous conditions

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REFERENCE Renault, Yohann JG; Lynch, Rosemary; Marelli, Enrico; Sharma, Sunil V; Pubill-Ulldemolins, Cristina; Sharp, Joshua A; Cartmell, Christopher; Cárdenas, Paco; Goss, Rebecca JM (2019). Chemistry Communications. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9cc02554e. ABSTRACT Blending synthetic biology and synthetic chemistry represents a powerful approach to diversity … Read More

Sponge skeletons as an important sink of silicon in the global oceans

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REFERENCE Maldonado, Manuel; López-Acosta, María; Sitjà, Cèlia; García-Puig, Marta; Galobart, Cristina; Ercilla, Gemma; Laynaert, Aude (2019). Nature Geoscience. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0430-7. ABSTRACT Silicon (Si) is a pivotal element in the biogeochemical and ecological functioning of the ocean. The marine Si cycle is … Read More

Heck diversification of indole-based substrates under aqueous conditions: From indoles to unprotected halo-tryptophans and halo-tryptophans in natural product derivatives

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REFERENCE Pubill-Ulldemolins, Cristina; Sharma, Sunil V; Cartmell, Christopher; Zhao, Jinlian; Cárdenas, Paco; Goss, Rebecca JM (2019). Chemistry – A European Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201901327. ABSTRACT The blending of synthetic chemistry with biosynthetic processes provides a powerful approach to synthesis. Biosynthetic halogenation and … Read More

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