Calendar: 12 Algae Images for 2018

The title image displays Calothrix sp. and the back Pyramimonas cf. octopus. Images: Gerd Günther,

The Culture Collection of Algae at the University of Cologne (CCAC) offers a calendar for 2018 displaying algae images. They are from the groups of Bacillariophyceae, Cyanobacteria, Chlorophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Coleochaetophyceae, Cryptophyceae, Dinophyceae, Euglenophyceae, Synurophyceae and Zygnematophyceae and can be ordered from the website of the Culture Collection of Algae at the University of Cologne (CCAC).

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Phycology Section · Event

Still Cheap Rates for Upcoming Conference

The early-bird registration was prolonged until 15th November for the upcoming Conference of the Phycology Section. Moreover Section's members benefit from low rates. The conference will take place in Berchtesgaden, Germany, 11th to 14th March 2018. Deadline for abstract submissions is 15th December 2017.

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Ancient and still a pioneer: the Blue-Green Rock Dweller is alga of the year 2017

Cross fractured Beacon sandstone from Antarctica exposing the habitat of the blue-green rock dweller (Chroococcidiopsis) as a green band underneath the surface of the rock (arrows). Photo: Burkhard Büdel, TU Kaiserslautern

Algal researchers nominated the Blue-Green Rock Dweller Chroococcidiopsis for the alga of the year 2017. The single celled organism lives inside rocks and lichens, survives extreme climatic conditions and makes hostile environments accessible – today and most likely thousands of millions of years ago as well. While doing so, it paved the way for plants and animals. The blue-green rock dweller, belonging to the cyanobacteria lives like all algae, from sunlight, and is of great interest to ecologists, biotechnologists, and desert- and space researchers. It is the favorite research subject of Prof. Dr. Burkhard Büdel from the University of Kaiserslautern, who has been investigating it for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Phycology Section of the German Society for Plant Sciences, in which the algal researches are organized and who nominate this year an alga of the year for the tenth time this year.

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