Phycologists have chosen a new alga of the year: the unicellular alga Lingulodinium polyedrum. This dinoflagellate has an armoured plate and two flagella and fascinates not only scientists but also seafarers and beach walkers as is capable of illuminating the sea at night with a bluish light. Algal scientists who are organized in the German Phycological Section of the German Botanical Society want to honour this special algal species. Dr Mona Hoppenrath from the German Centre for Marine Biodiversity (DZMB) at the marine section of the Senckenberg Institute explains this fascinating feature: the species has the ability to auto-luminesce, possesses a distinct diurnal rhythm and can be used as a sensor for water quality.
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PD Dr. Mona Hoppenrath
Expert for familiar reletionaships among Dinoflagellates
Senckenberg am Meer, DZMB - Deutsches Zentrum für Marine Biodiversitätsforschung, Südstrand 44, D-26382 Wilhelmshaven
Phone: ++49 (0)4421 - 9475-116 (Büro)
or ++49 (0)4421 - 9475-117 (Labor)
Dr. Regine Jahn
Deputy sepaker of the Phycology Section
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, D-14195 Berlin
Tel.: ++49 (0)30 - 838-50142
Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag
Expert for molecularbiology of day and night rhythms of L. polyedrum and the green alga Chlamydomonas and member of the Section's board
Institut für Allgemeine Botanik und Pflanzenphysiologie, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Am Planetarium 1, D-07743 Jena
Tel.: ++49 (0)3641 – 949 201
Members of the Phycology Section (Algology) (www.dbg-phykologie.de/en.html) conduct research on algae and investigate, amongst others, taxonomical, ecological, physiological and molecular topics on macro- and microalgae. The Section promotes algal research and supports young scientists. The Section is one of five subject-specific Sections of the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG, www.deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de/en.html).
Text: Dr. Esther Schwarz-Weig: www.Sci-Stories.com
Translation: Dr. Dagmar Stengel: National University of Ireland, Galway