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
**2 places are available**

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

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

Course language

Name of mentor / supervisor
Prof. Dr. Bart Van de Vijver

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

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

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

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.

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

ForBio Funding

ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.

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