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Protistology & Aquatic Ecology (PAE)

About us

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  • The research group for Protistology and Aquatic Ecology (PAE) of the Department of Biology of the Ghent University studies the diversity, taxonomy and biogeography of protists.
  • The group is involved in many interuniversity, national and international monitoring and research projects.
  • We maintain a ISO9001 certified Diatom Culture Collection
  • The PAE research facilities consist of a.o. a scanning electron microscope, an hplc, a GC/MS, culture rooms, ... and provides service to other labs and institutes.


Research Topics

  • Population genetics
  • Speciation and (cryptic) species diversity
  • Niche divergence and evolution
  • Competition and facilitation
  • Molecular basis of the diatom life cycle
  • Species screening and growth optimization for aquaculture
  • Reconstruction of  past climate and environmental change

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Publications in the spotlight

  • angch-coverMetabolomics Enables the Structure Elucidation of a Diatom Sex Pheromone.
    Gillard, J., et al
    (2013) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52: 854–857 (full text)
  • plant-cell-coverAUREOCHROME1a-Mediated Induction of the Diatom-Specific CyclindsCYC2Controls the Onset of Cell Division in Diatoms (Phaeodactylum tricornutum) (2013)
    Marie J.J. Huysman; Antonio E. Fortunatod; Michiel Matthijs. et. al.
    (2013) The Plant Cell 25: 215–228. (full text)

The complete PAE publications list

logo BCCM-DCG (met tekst)The BCCM/DCG public collection is the only culture collection worldwide specialized in diatoms, the most species-rich and ecologically important algal group. All strains are publicly available for the scientific community and are distributed as research or reference material to scientific institutions and companies.

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Contact us

Ghent University, Department of Biology, Research Group Protistology and Aquatic Ecology
Krijgslaan 281/S8
9000 Gent
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phone: +32 (0)9 264 85 88
fax: +32 (0)9 264 85 99