Protistology & Aquatic Ecology (PAE)
Our research group studies marine and freshwater ecosystems, with an empahasis on coastal systems and polar-alpine and temperate lakes. We have a strong focus on the biodiveristy, 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 appliied 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 an ISO9001 certified Diatom Culture Collection.
Publications in the spotlight
Ghent University, Department of Biology, Research Group Protistology and Aquatic Ecology
phone: +32 (0)9 264 85 88
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