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First international MARES Conference
The MARES Consortium is pleased to announce that the First international MARES Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation will be held from the 17th to the 21st of November 2014 in Olhão (nearby Faro), Portugal. The first international MARES Conference is an initiative from the MARES Doctoral Programme.
Molecular techniques discover hidden diversity in a Vietnamese mangrove system
The Marine Biology Section has since 2011 a joint FWO-NAFOSTED project with the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology to investigate nematode diversity at the species and population genetic level in the Can Gio mangrove ecosystem. This ecosystem is located in the coastal zone of Ho Chi Minh City in the southeast of Vietnam and was severely impacted by Agent Orange during the Vietnamese war in the late sixties. During this project, more than 60 important nematode species were barcoded (=DNA sequences linked to morphologically identified and vouchered species), and the genetic diversity of a widespread species was determined in eight locations from the mangrove system to investigate the impact of disturbance. The project has formed the basis for the development of a rapid assessment tool to characterise nematode diversity in highly impacted areas in Vietnam. The genetic analyses led to the discovery of several new species and to an unusual high sympatric distribution of congeneric species in the mangrove area. During a final project meeting in Hanoi, a one day lecture and workshop on DNA barcoding was organized for Vietnamese scientists to spread knowledge on how to use DNA sequences in traditional taxonomic research. This fruitful collaboration demonstrates that sharing scientific knowledge across borders can lead to new discoversies and rapid assessment of human impact in less known ecosystems.
EMBC Summer School 2013 held at HCMR Crete
EMBC Students Explore the Biodiversity of the Cretan Coast near Heraklion
The EMBC Master programme (International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation - jointly organized by Ghent University, University of Bremen, University of the Algarve, University Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris 06, University of Oviedo, University of Klaipèda and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology) organizes annually since 2008 a summer school for all students enrolled in the first year of the two year-long programme.
Lipidomics in a changing environment
Lipidomics in a changing environment: effect of temperature rise on fatty acid pathways in copepods