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

Bridging the gap – Scientists, policy makers and stakeholders meet to talk about deep-sea sponges

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  Last week, on September 20th, SponGES held its second science-policy panel, at the premises of the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV). The event, organized by FAO in the scope of SponGES’ activities, was held just ahead of the meeting … Read More

First records of Geodia demosponges from the New England seamounts, an opportunity to test the use of DNA mini-barcodes on museum specimens

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REFERENCE Cárdenas, Paco; Moore, Jon A. (2017). Marine Biodiversity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0775-3 ABSTRACT We report the first records of the sponge genus Geodia (Demospongiae, Tetractinellida, Geodiidae) from the New England Seamounts and Muir Seamount, at lower bathyal depths. Nine specimens collected between … Read More

A New Era of Blue Enlightenment

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The three-day High-Level Ministerial and Scientific Event A New Era of Blue Enlightenment ends today after the landmark signature of the Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation (Thursday 13th July, at Bélem Tower – Lisbon, Portugal), launching the South … Read More

Metagenomic binning of a marine sponge microbiome reveals unity in defense but metabolic specialization

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REFERENCE Slaby, Beate; Hackl, Thomas; Horn, Hannes; Bayer, Kristina; Hentschel, Ute (2017). The ISME Journal. http://doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2017.101 ABSTRACT Marine sponges are ancient metazoans that are populated by distinct and highly diverse microbial communities. In order to obtain deeper insights into the … Read More

A review of carnivorous sponges (Porifera: Cladorhizidae) from the Boreal North Atlantic and Arctic

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REFERENCE Hestetun, Jon Thomassen; Tompkins-Macdonald, Gabrielle; Rapp, Hans Tore (2017). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0775-3 ABSTRACT Family Cladorhizidae, comprising the carnivorous sponges, represents a unique innovation within the phylum Porifera. Rather than filter feeding, carnivorous sponges have developed … Read More

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