Training program in non-marine diatoms from the (sub-) Antarctic Region

Description of project
Non-marine diatoms are one of the most abundant algal groups in the (sub-)Antarctic Region both in number of individuals as in number of species. Due to mis-identifications and force-fitting, the actual number of species is rather limited and still composed on only cosmopolitan species, resulting in a bad knowledge of the biogeography of this important group. The past few years, there has been a growing interest that resulted in the description and/or correct identification of a large number of new species, typical for the region. Biogeographical results using this refined taxonomy show a much more transparent separation of the different parts of the (sub-)Antarctic region.

Duration of training
1 week

Training period
To be discussed with mentor

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students and young post-docs lacking the necessary training in diatoms

Practical experiences
- Preparation techniques for both light- and scanning electron microscopy
- Identification of important non-marine diatom groups using LM and SEM techniques

Lectures
- Morphology and biogeography of the genera Muelleria, Stauroneis and Luticola
- Biogeography of non-marine diatoms in the sub-Antarctic region

Course language
English

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Bart Van de Vijver
Dr. Katerina Kopalová

Institution
Botanic Garden Meise, Department of Bryophyta & Thallophyta
Nieuwelaan 38, B-1860 Meise, Belgium

Registration fee
€ 250 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel and subsistence expenses.

Registration
Deadline for registration: 1 March 2015.
Click here for the registration form.

Payment
Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith