Posts on Apr 2016

Paper on Capturing biodiversity: linking a cyanobacteria culture collection to the “scratchpads” virtual research environment enhances biodiversity knowledge

Title: Capturing biodiversity: linking a cyanobacteria culture collection to the “scratchpads” virtual research environment enhances biodiversity knowledge

Authors: Spyros Gkelis, Manthos Panou

Publication: Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7965

Published: 06 Apr 2016 (Open-Access)

Abstract:

Background

Currently, cyanobacterial diversity is examined using a polyphasic approach by assessing morphological and molecular data (Komárek 2015). However, the comparison of morphological and genetic data is sometimes hindered by the lack of cultures of several cyanobacterial morphospecies and inadequate morphological data of sequenced strains (Rajaniemi et al. 2005). Furthermore, in order to evaluate the phenotypic plasticity within defined taxa, the variability observed in cultures has to be compared to the range in natural variation (Komárek and Mareš 2012). Thus, new tools are needed to aggregate, link and process data in a meaningful way, in order to properly study and understand cyanodiversity.

New information

An online database on cyanobacteria has been created, namely the Cyanobacteria culture collection (CCC) (http://cyanobacteria.myspecies.info/) using as case studies cyanobacterial strains isolated from lakes of Greece, which are part of the AUTH culture collection (School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). The database hosts, for the first time, information and data such as morphology/morphometry, biogeography, phylogeny, microphotographs, distribution maps, toxicology and biochemical traits of the strains. All this data are structured managed, and presented online and are publicly accessible with a recently developed tool, namely “Scratchpads”, a taxon-centric virtual research environment allowing browsing the taxonomic classification and retrieving various kinds of relevant information for each taxon.

Keywords

cyanobacteria, database, Scratchpads, taxonomy, morphology, phylogeny, biodiversity informatics

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1ST EUALGAE WORKSHOP OF ALGAE BIOPRODUCTS FOR EARLY CARREER INVESTIGATORS

4th April 2016 

Venue: School of Industrial Engineerings, Valladolid University (Spain)

Valladolid University organized the “1st EUAlgae Workshop of Algae Bioproducts for Early Carreer Investigators” within the framework of the ES1408 EUALGAE COST Action.

Eighteen young researchers from 11 countries attended the event and presented their research.