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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Professor Janssen was - out of over 400 candidates - appointed as one of the 11 members of SCHER (EU Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks), for a 3-year term.   He will provide the Commission with independent scientific advice on issues relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment.Following his appointment, Prof. Janssen was then elected by SCHER members to serve as Chair of the Committee.   Read more on our website.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Published paper from Marine@UGent members from the Protistology and Aquatic Ecology group: Metabolomics enables the structure elucidation of a diatom sex pheromone.   The work presented solves a major gap in understanding life cycle regulation in the diatoms, the most successful marine eukaryotic phytoplankton group, responsible for ~20% of global primary production. While sexual reproduction in most phytoplankton is induced by environmental cues, diatoms make a remarkable exception because they have a unique life cycle in which cell size is the primary control of... Learn more
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Published paper from Marine@UGent member Olivier De Clerck: Extensive cryptic species diversity and fine-scale endemism in the marine red alga Portieria in the Philippines   Marine species are generally believed to be widespread because they can disperse on ocean currents without any apparent barriers to dispersal in the sea. This assumption has also led to the belief that in order to save marine species from extinction, only a few biodiversity hotspots have to be conserved. We discovered that this assumption is likely to be fallacious.  
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
This project, 'Large scale experiments on wave energy converter farms to study the near-field effects between the converters and the far-field effects on other users in the coastal area' is coordinated by professor Peter Troch in a consortium of 7 international partners. It is testing a record breaking array of wave energy converters: the largest array worldwide (25 individual Wave Energy Converters or WECs in an array set-up) is under testing in the Danish Hydraulic Institute wave tank.   Wave Energy Converters (WECs) extract energy from ocean waves and have the... Learn more
Friday, March 15, 2013
Marine Art was a unique outreach event and a collaboration between Flanders Marine Institute, the Academy of Fine Arts Ghent and researchers from the Marine@UGent consortium. Twenty-three marine topics, from pollution to building at sea, and ocean acidification served as inspiration for more than 1200 artists from the Academy, aged 6 to 85.   The project comprised of 3 stages:  (1) Art teachers visited the professo, specialised in a topic they were interested in, and were provided with detailed information (2) Professors, research assistants and scientists presented... Learn more