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Role in the project

The UGent Team is investigating the potential for microbiomes to increase the success of shallow marine forest restoration. We focus on the brown seaweed Lamineria, an ecologically important genus of forest-forming kelp species. We will also assist in the mapping of vulnerable and degraded marine forests of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Team members

Olivier De Clerck, Prof.

Olivier De Clerck, Prof.

PI

Website: http://www.phycology.ugent.be/

Olivier De Clerck is a phycologist with a keen interest in marine macroalgae. His research focuses on developmental genetics, diversity and distributions of seaweeds. He addresses questions ranging from purely descriptive taxonomic studies to developmental research focusing on fertility and growth. He has explored the diversity and role of seaweed-associated bacteria in green (Bryopsis, Ulva) and brown seaweeds (Dictyota, Cystoseira).

Willem Stock, PhD

Willem Stock, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher

Website: https://twitter.com/StockWillem

Studying algal-bacterial interactions to improve restoration efforts, including field work, experiments and bioinformatic analyses.

I am interested in understanding the dynamic between aquatic host and their associated bacteria, but easily get distracted by the many other interesting facets of microbial life.

Sofie D’hondt, BSc

Sofie D’hondt, BSc

Supporting the molecular analysis

I’m interested in the molecular part of the project to find out which bacteria are playing an important role and find the underlying reason for this.

Francesca Petrucci, MSc

Francesca Petrucci, MSc

Fieldwork, supporting algal cultivation and propagation

I’m interested in optimizing the cultivation of seaweeds and the role of bacteria in their growth.

Luna van der Loos, MSc

Luna van der Loos, MSc

Fieldwork, supporting algal cultivation and propagation

Website: https://twitter.com/LunavanderLoos

Studying the role of environmental conditions in algal-bacterial interactions through field based observations and experimental validation.

I am interested in seaweed-microbe interactions and how these microbes can influence the host’s response to environmental change.

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Probiotics for Golden Kelp

Probiotics for Golden Kelp

The team at Ghent University wants to boost restoration efforts for golden kelp by supplementing juvenile kelps with probiotics.