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 (2019). 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

Comparison of physical connectivity particle tracking models in the Flemish Cap region

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REFERENCE Wang, Shuangqiang; Wang, Zeilang; Lirette, Camille; Davies, Andrew J; Kengchington, Ellen (2019). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3663643. ABSTRACT Lagrangian particle tracking models are considered an important tool for assessing connectivity in the deep sea. A number of … Read More

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

Silicon isotopic systematics of deep-sea sponge grounds in the North Atlantic

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REFERENCE Hendry, Katharine L; Cassarino, Lucie; Bates, Stephanie L; Culwick, Timothz; Frost, Molly; Goodwin, Claire; Howell, Kerry L (2019). Quarternary Science Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.02.017. ABSTRACT Reconstruction of silica cycling in the oceans is key to a thorough understanding of past climates … Read More

Fueled by methane: deep-sea sponges from asphalt seeps gain their nutrition from methane-oxidizing symbionts

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REFERENCE Rubin-Blum, Maxim; Antony, Chakkiath Paul; Sayavedra, Lizbeth; Martínez-Pérez, Clara; Birgel, Daniel; Peckmann, Jörn; Wu, Yu-Chen; Cardenas, Paco; Mac Donald, Ian; Macron, Yann; Sahling, Heiko; Hentschel, Ute; Dubilier, Nicole (2019). The ISME Journal. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0346-7. ABSTRACT Sponges host a remarkable diversity … Read More

Deep Sea – From Unknown to Intended – Deep Sea Observatories, a Tool to Monitor Human Activities

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REFERENCE Colaço, Ana; Carreiro-Silva, Marina (2018). Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Oceano: uma Utopia Útil / Sustainable Development of the Ocean: a Necessity. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2600712. ABSTRACT The deep-sea environment is the largest ecosystem on earth and poorly study. The lack of affordable technology … Read More