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

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

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

Polymastiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Nordic and Siberian Seas

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REFERENCE Plotkin, Alexander; Gerasimova, Elena & Rapp, Hans Tore (2017). Polymastiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Nordic and Siberian Seas. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315417000285 ABSTRACT Polymastiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Nordic and Siberian Seas … Read More

The Microbiome and Occurrence of Methanotrophy in Carnivorous Sponges

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REFERENCE Hestetun, Jon T.; Dahle, Håkon; Jørgensen, Steffen L.; Olsen, Bernt R. & Rapp, Hans T. (2016). The Microbiome and Occurrence of Methanotrophy in Carnivorous Sponges. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, pp. 14. http://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01781 ABSTRACT As shown by recent studies, filter-feeding … Read More

Sampling sponges in the Norwegian fjords

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SponGES teams get together again for field work operations, as researchers from the Natural History Museum in London and from Uppsala University join staff at Bergen University. This deep-sea sponge sampling campaign, in the Norwegian fjords, is on September 8-9 … Read More

Molecular phylogenies challenge the classification of Polymastiidae (Porifera, Demospongiae) based on morphology

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REFERENCE Plotkin, Alexander; Voigt, Oliver; Willassen, Endre & Rapp, Hans Tore (2016). Molecular phylogenies challenge the classification of Polymastiidae (Porifera, Demospongiae) based on morphology. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 22. http://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-016-0301-7 ABSTRACT Polymastiidae Gray, 1867 is a worldwide distributed sponge family, … Read More

Polymastiidae (Demospongiae: Hadromerida) with ornamented exotyles: a review of morphological affinities and description of a new genus and three new species

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REFERENCE Plotkin, Alexander; Morrow, Christine; Gerasimova, Elena; Rapp, Hans Tore (2016). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416000655 ABSTRACT All polymastiid sponges displaying ornamented exotyles are reviewed and their morphological affinities are reconsidered. The study embraces … Read More