Protistology & Aquatic Ecology (PAE)

Research topics

About us

Our research group studies marine and freshwater ecosystems, with an emphasis on  coastal  systems and polar-alpine and temperate lakes. We have a strong focus on the biodiversity, ecological roles and evolutionary history of unicellular eukaryotes in these systems as well as from other natural or man-made environments. The lab has a long-standing history of research on diatoms, which are the focus of a long-term integrative research line including cell biology of new model diatom species, population genomics and macroecological and biogeographical studies. In an applied context, we focus a.o. on harmful algal bloom monitoring and control, transmission of pathogens via bacteria-protozoa interactions in animal farming, and algal biotechnology.

The lab hosts a ISO9001 certified Diatom Culture Collection


Diatom Culture Collection

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.

BCCM/DCG Diatoms Collection taxon browser


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