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Presentation on genetic transformation of diatoms at EMBO symposium

Jeff Lewis and Elizabeth Ruck attended an EMBL symposium in Heidelberg, Germany, called A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes. They presented a poster on our project to increase the number and diversity of diatoms that can be genetically transformed. The project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The poster they presented is available on FigShare.

Taxonomic revision of Bacterosira published

Andy worked with a culture strain (CCMP990) of an unidentified Thalassiosira species for his dissertation many, many years ago. It was clearly affiliated with Bacterosira. Fast-forward 10 years, and Joon Sang Park got fresh collections of this species, Thalassiosira constricta, into culture. He did very nice work characterizing it and its relationship to Bacterosira, a cool genus of marine diatoms. The results were just published in the journal Phytotaxa.