Ghent University - Marine Biology Research group

MarBiol News

NeMys launches two new identification keys: Rhynchonema & Monhysteridae

While the Nemys editorial team is working hard behind the scene to have the list of free-living marine nematodes as complete and up-to-date as possible by this summer, one of the first accomplishments was reached from the long run aims. That is adding new identification keys based on up to date taxonomic information. Two new polytomous keys were added; a key to the species of the genus Rhynchonema based on the publications of Bezerra et al. (2014) and Datta et al. (2015), and a key to identify the family Monhysteridae at genus level according to Fonseca and Decraemer (2008). Plans for the near future are to update earlier erected keys, upload more recently constructed keys, and provide the diagnostic characters in the new keys with schematic drawings.

Bezerra, T. N.; Smol, N.; Vincx, M. (2014). Two new species of Rhynchonema Cobb, 1920 from a Brazilian sandy beach. Marine Biodiversity. 44(3): 343-365.

Datta, T. K.; Navarrete, A. D. J.; Mohapatra, A. (2015) Rhynchonema dighaensis sp. nov. (Monhysterida: Xyalidae): a marine nematode from the Indian coast with an illustrated guide and modified key for species of Rhynchonema Cobb, 1920. Zootaxa, 3905(3): 365-380.

Fonseca G., Decraemer W. (2008) State of the art of the free-living marine Monhysteridae (Nematoda). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2008, 88(7), 1371–1390.

JELLY FARM project


Second Mares Conference Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation

February 1st to 5th 2016, Olhão, Portugal


The MARES Consortium and EuroMarine Network are pleased to invite you to participate in the second Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation.


Scientific cruise to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

On the 10th of March, Prof. Ann Vanreusel and PhD candidate Lara Macheriotou boarded the new RV SONNE in Panama city. The vessel will take them to the  Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ) in the central Pacific, currently  the largest known reserve of polymetallic nodules which are rounded  accretions of several commercially important metals and rare earth elements  (REE) such as nickel, copper, and cobalt.

Een rif van schelpkokerwormen op onze kust...

Marbiol in the West Antarctic Peninsula – Potter Cove, King George Island


Royal Flemish Academy prize for Science Outreach

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts has awarded Prof. Magda Vincx for two outreach projects: Marine Art and the Sustainable Fish Week. Marine Art created synergy between art and science - read the book here. The Sustainable Fish Week aims to get attention for overfishing (2012), bycatch (2013) and urban legends in aquaculture (2014). She is one of 12 laureates.

Duurzame-visweek aan UGent focust op aquacultuur

Tijdens de duurzame-visweek van 3 tot en met 7 november 2014 dompelen UGent-onderzoekers je onder in de wereld van de gekweekte vis, schaal- en schelpdieren.


Oceans & Lakes Integrated Field Work 2014

Oceans & Lakes Integrated Field Work 2014- Biological station of Roscoff (Britanny, France)
During the one week Integrated Field work course the students were asked to investigate the biodiversity of intertidal macroalgae and related fauna at two contrasting sites in the area of Roscoff, France.


Spring (school) is coming

EMBC+ Master Programme at Tjärnö Sven Loven Marine Institute / 7 – 17 April 2014

Hej hej,

Köttbullar? Avicii? IKEA? Flying Jacob and ABBA? Yes, we are in Sweden! But Sweden is more than food and music; it is a ‘must do’ nature experience! Especially Tjärnö, a small island on the west-coast teaming of wildlife. Spring is coming but an unusual migration has already brought a new diversity to the former summer residence of the Nobel Family. From 7 to 18 April, 70 young enthusiastic scientists from 18 nations have converged on Tjärnö to lay the foundations for tomorrow’s Nobel Prizes in marine ecology. Here we will keep you informed of their cross-cutting research at the frontiers of marine science.

Boathouse at Tjärnö (Bart De Smet)