What are marine forests? Marine forests are biodiverse-rich ecosystems engineered by key structural taxa of macroalgae, seagrass and corals. Depending on the keystone taxa, we can separate them in three main ecosystems: seaweed banks, seagrass meadows and coral reefs. Seagrass meadows Seagrasses are marine flowering plants rooted to the seafloor. They can grow over large areas, creating...
The importance of kelp microbiomes
April 12, 2023
Hello! I am Sofie, a PhD student at the University of Ghent, currently working on unravelling the role Laminaria ochroleuca’s microbiome plays in its growth and development. Laminaria ochroleuca, also known as the golden kelp, is a temperate brown seaweed species, mainly found in the coastal waters of Europe ranging from the UK to Morocco (1,2). It plays an important role in rocky shore...
November 28, 2022
My name is Emma. I am pursuing a master in ecology and evolution, and was lucky enough to become a part of the RESTORESEAS project.
Probiotics for Golden Kelp
August 9, 2022
The team at Ghent University wants to boost restoration efforts for golden kelp by supplementing juvenile kelps with probiotics.
One of the world’s most threatened ecosystems
June 28, 2022
The endemic Brazilian deep kelp L. abyssalis is strongly associated with communities dominated by free-living calcareous algae which develop in the form of nodules, called rhodolith beds. These rich ecosystems are in danger of disappearing.
From Brazil to Austria
June 21, 2022
It is super exciting to see our project RESTORESEAS showcased in the new Brazil exhibition at the Natural History Museum Vienna! This exhibition explores 200 years of historical relationships between Brazil and Austria