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Exploring the importance of underwater currents for the survival of Black Coral Forests

Exploring the importance of underwater currents for the survival of Black Coral Forests

Black corals create extensive animal forests in the Canary Islands, providing habitat, food and shelter for a myriad of organisms. These keystone habitats are intricately linked to flow intensity, shaping the presence, morphology and distribution of these suspension feeders. In this sense, black corals are sessile organisms which feed mainly on microscopic particles within the water column,...

Fantastic Oomycetes and where to find them!

Fantastic Oomycetes and where to find them!

The Phytophthora Research Centre team based at Mendel University in Brno has a long history of uncovering Oomycete diversity on terrestrial forest ecosystems all over the world… and now, within the RestoreSeas project, we are taking this challenge to another environment: hunting Oomycetes in marine forests! Understanding the impact of these pathogens in marine ecosystems is of crucial importance...

Meet Jeanne, the Marine Forest Restoration eBike!

Meet Jeanne, the Marine Forest Restoration eBike!

As part of the task on communication and public dissemination of RESTORESEAS, the Natural History Museum Vienna has developed a new tool to bring the topic of conservation and restoration of marine forests into the spotlight in the landlocked country of Austria: our new marine restoration e-Bike “Jeanne”! Helena presents the e-bike at the Natural History Museum Vienna. Photo by Christina...

A Black Coral’s Survival Story

A Black Coral’s Survival Story

Based on: Gouveia, A., Godefroid, M., Dubois, P., Espino, F., Tuya, F., Haroun, R., Herrera, A. and Otero-Ferrer, F., 2023. Thermal stress response of Antipathella wollastoni (Gray, 1857) from the Canary Islands archipelago. Coral Reefs, pp.1-7. In the cool, shadowy depths of Macaronesian waters, the black coral Antipathella wollastoni faces a crucial test—the rising temperatures of the ocean....

Algal Guard: Unlocking the Secrets of probiotics in a Microbiome Adventure Game

Algal Guard: Unlocking the Secrets of probiotics in a Microbiome Adventure Game

Ghent University has together with Digital Arts And Entertainment students from HOWEST, created an interactive experience that delves into the intriguing and enigmatic world of microbiomes. This unique game allows players to step into the shoes of bacteria living within a seaweed host and explore the intricate web of interactions and dependencies that govern this mysterious realm. Inspired by...

The Mystery of Seagrass Dispersal: Insights from Halodule wrightii

The Mystery of Seagrass Dispersal: Insights from Halodule wrightii

Based on: Tavares, A.I., Assis, J., Larkin, P.D., Creed, J.C., Magalhães, K., Horta, P., Engelen, A., Cardoso, N., Barbosa, C., Pontes, S. and Regalla, A., 2023. Long range gene flow beyond predictions from oceanographic transport in a tropical marine foundation species. Scientific Reports, 13(1), p.9112. Habitat-forming marine species, like seagrasses, corals and macroalgae have wide...

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