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The influence of historical and ecological factors on the biogeography of diatoms: a molecular-fylogenetic and ecophysiological study of some representative taxa

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Dutch title: De invloed van historische en ecologische factoren op de biogeografie van diatomeeën: een moleculair-fylogenetische en ecofysiologische studie van enkele representatieve taxa
Period: October 2006 till September 2008
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biogeography; Botany; Ecology; Physiology

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  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Afdeling Nematologie, more, partner

To determine if the geographical distribution of freshwater diatoms is constrained by their physiology, or by historical/geographical factors, terrestrial and aquatic species of the genus Pinnularia will be isolated from different locations in the world. Molecular-genetic tools will be used to study their phylogenetic relationships, while experimental studies will be used to reveal their tolerance to e.g. temperature and moisture changes.

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