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08 Jan 2018

Klebsormidium: Pendler zwischen scheintot und Wiedererwachen ist Alge des Jahres 2018

Die Alge Klebsormidium lebt in Bodenkrusten wie hier in der Eiswüste der norwegischen Insel Spitzbergens, wo kaum noch Leben möglich ist. Foto und ©: Ulf Karsten, Universität Rostock

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Die mehrzellige Grünalge Klebsormidium lebt an Land an solchen Orten, wo keine andere Pflanze mehr wachsen kann. Als weltweit verbreiteter Pionier schafft sie neue Lebensräume, was Farmer und Wüstenanrainer nutzen. Forscher interessieren sich für ihre biologischen Tricks, wie sie zwischen leblos und Wiedererwachen hin und her wechselt. Die Professoren Andreas Holzinger (Universität Innsbruck) und Ulf Karsten (Universität Rostock) erforschen in enger Kooperation die Fähigkeiten, die die Alge vor Austrocknung und gefährlichen UV-Strahlen schützt. Beide sind Mitglieder der Sektion Phykologie der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft (DBG), die Klebsormidium zur Alge des Jahres 2018 kürte.

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08 Nov 2017 · News-Timeline

Calendar: 12 Algae Images for 2018

The title image displays Calothrix sp. and the back Pyramimonas cf. octopus. Images: Gerd Günther,

The Culture Collection of Algae at the University of Cologne (CCAC) offers a calendar for 2018 displaying algae images. They are from the groups of Bacillariophyceae, Cyanobacteria, Chlorophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Coleochaetophyceae, Cryptophyceae, Dinophyceae, Euglenophyceae, Synurophyceae and Zygnematophyceae and can be ordered from the website of the Culture Collection of Algae at the University of Cologne (CCAC).

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01 Nov 2017 · Phycology Section · Event

Still Cheap Rates for Upcoming Conference

The early-bird registration was prolonged until 15th November for the upcoming Conference of the Phycology Section. Moreover Section's members benefit from low rates. The conference will take place in Berchtesgaden, Germany, 11th to 14th March 2018. Deadline for abstract submissions is 15th December 2017.

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04 Jan 2017 · News-Timeline · Press release

Ancient and still a pioneer: the Blue-Green Rock Dweller is alga of the year 2017

Cross fractured Beacon sandstone from Antarctica exposing the habitat of the blue-green rock dweller (Chroococcidiopsis) as a green band underneath the surface of the rock (arrows). Photo: Burkhard Büdel, TU Kaiserslautern

Algal researchers nominated the Blue-Green Rock Dweller Chroococcidiopsis for the alga of the year 2017. The single celled organism lives inside rocks and lichens, survives extreme climatic conditions and makes hostile environments accessible – today and most likely thousands of millions of years ago as well. While doing so, it paved the way for plants and animals. The blue-green rock dweller, belonging to the cyanobacteria lives like all algae, from sunlight, and is of great interest to ecologists, biotechnologists, and desert- and space researchers. It is the favorite research subject of Prof. Dr. Burkhard Büdel from the University of Kaiserslautern, who has been investigating it for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Phycology Section of the German Society for Plant Sciences, in which the algal researches are organized and who nominate this year an alga of the year for the tenth time this year.

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18 Jan 2018 · Jobs

Postdoctoral Researcher

Seaweed Microbiome

National University of Ireland, Botany and Plant Science, School of Natural Sciences and Ryan Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy Research, Galway, Ireland

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Closing date: 2 February 2018

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Conferences of the Phycology Section

Every other year - inbetween the international Botanikertagung - the Section organizes a scientific conference to discuss latest reaserch results.

Next Meetings

The upcoming Conference of the Phycology Section will take place in Berchtesgaden, Germany, 11th to 14th March 2018. The website is online since October 2017.

Past Meetings

The archives lists past Section's meetings. including images and conference gleanings.


27th International Polar Conference

Der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Polarforschung (DGP)

Rostock, Germany

25 - 29 March 2018

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18th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas

Washington DC

17 - 21 June 2018

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International Botanikertagung

Rostock, Germany

15 - 19 September 2019


25th International Diatom Symposium

Berlin, Germany

25 – 30 June 2018

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European Phycological Congress (EPC7)

Zagreb, Croatia

25 to 30 August 2019

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Our Section is the largest non-profit association for algal research and phycology in the German speaking area. The network promotes phycology and represents scientists and researchers in the Plant Science umbrella organisation DBG. It also aims to introduce and to enthuse non-specialists for this fascinating and important organisms. The Phycology Section supports young scientists, unites all generations and promotes the exchange between its members.

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