SponGES at 33rd FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI)

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The 33rd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meets this week in Rome, Italy. A record number of participants (760 in total) will discuss major international fisheries and aquaculture issues including IUU fishing, aquatic genetic resources, and climate … Read More

SponGES, MERCES and Atlas – together at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2018

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The three European “sister projects” SponGES, MERCES and Atlas joined forces to bring collaborative research funded under the Galway Statement agenda to the global stage of marine biodiversity. The projects participated together in the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (Montreal, … 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

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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