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Protistology & Aquatic Ecology (PAE)

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

 

 

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