Massive silicon utilization facilitated by a benthic‐pelagic coupled feedback sustains deep‐sea sponge aggregations

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REFERENCE Maldonado, Manuel; Beazley, Lindsay; López-Acosta, María; Kenchington, Ellen; Casault, Benoit; Hanz, Ulrike; Mienis, Furu (2020). Limnology and Oceanography https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11610. ABSTRACT Biogeochemical cycling of silicon (Si), largely affected by biological drivers, is pivotal to the ecological functioning of the ocean. Most … Read More

Microbial strategies for survival in the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii

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REFERENCE Bayer, Kristina; Busch, Kathrin; Kenchington, Ellen; Beazley, Lindsay; Franzenburg, Sören; Michels, Jan; Hentschel, Ute; Slaby, Beate M (2020). mSystems https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00473-20. ABSTRACT Few studies have explored the microbiomes of glass sponges (Hexactinellida). The present study seeks to elucidate the composition … Read More

Community composition and habitat characterization of a rock sponge aggregation (Porifera, Corallistidae) in the Cantabrian Sea

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REFERENCE Ríos, Pilar; Praddo, Elena; Carvalho, Francisca C; Sánchez Francisco; Rodríguez-Basalo, Augusto; Xavier, Joana R; Ibarrola, Teodoro P; Cristobo Javier (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00578. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge-dominated communities are complex habitats considered hotspots of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. … Read More

The Molecular Machinery of Gametogenesis in Geodia Demosponges (Porifera): Evolutionary Origins of a Conserved Toolkit across Animals

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REFERENCE Koutsouveli, Vasiliki; Cárdenas Paco; Santodomingo Nadiezhda; Marina Anabel; Morato Esperanza;  Rapp Hans Tore; Riesgo Ana (2020). Molecular Biology and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msaa183. ABSTRACT All animals are capable of undergoing gametogenesis. The ability of forming haploid cells from diploid cells through meiosis … Read More

New paper in Science Advances sheds light on biosilicification in sponges

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The new paper led by our team member Manuel Maldonado (and collaborators the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the London Museum of Natural History) describes how the cooperation between passive and active silicon transporters clarifies the ecophysiology and evolution of … Read More

Mapping benthic ecological diversity and interactions with bottom-contact fishing on the Flemish Cap (northwest Atlantic)

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REFERENCE Murillo, FJ; Kenchington, E; Koen-Alonso, M; Gijarro, J; Kenchington, TJ; Sacau, M; Beazley, L; Rapp, HT (2020). Ecological Indicators. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106135. ABSTRACT The ecological diversity of benthic invertebrates from bottom trawl surveys was mapped for the Flemish Cap, a plateau … Read More

Rock sponges (lithistid Demospongiae) of the Northeast Atlantic seamounts, with description of ten new species

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REFERENCE Carvalho, Francisca C; Cárdenas, Paco; Ríos, Pilar; Cristobo, Javier; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R (2020). Peer J. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1231-2020. ABSTRACT Background: Lithistid demosponges, also known as rock sponges, are a polyphyletic group of sponges which are widely distributed. In … Read More

Deep-sea sponge grounds as nutrient sinks: denitrification is common in boreo-Arctic sponges

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REFERENCE Rooks, Christine; Fang, James Kar-Hei; Mørkved, Pål Tore; Zhao, Rui; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R; Hoffmann, Friederike (2020). Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1231-2020. ABSTRACT Sponges are commonly known as general nutrient providers for the marine ecosystem, recycling organic matter into various … Read More

Climate-induced changes in the suitable habitat of cold-water corals and commercially important deep-sea fishes in the North Atlantic

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REFERENCE Morato, Telmo; González-Irusta, José-Manuel; Dominguez-Carrió, Carlos; Wei, Chih-Lin; Davies, Andrew; Sweetman, Andrew K; Taranto, Gerald H; Beazley, Lindsay; García-Alegre, Ana; Grehan, Anthony; Laffargue, Pascal; Murillo, Francisco Javier; Sacau, Mar; Vaz, Sandrine; Kenchington, Ellen; Arnaud-Haond, Sophie; Callery, Oisín; Chimienti, Giovanni; … Read More

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