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It has recently been established that sponges in Carribean coral reef ecosystems take up dissolved organic matter and convert it into particulate organic matter that is used by other coral reef organisms as a source of energy and nutrients. This energy-recycling pathway is known as the sponge loop. Brittany Alexander investigates the underlying cellular mechanisms of this pathway and the effect of sponge physiology on cell proliferation, shedding and detritus production.

Event details of Cell renewal in marine sponges
Date 10 December 2015
Time 16:00 -17:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

B.E. Alexander: Cell Turnover in Marine Sponges: Insight into Poriferan Physiology and Nutrient Cycling in Benthic Ecosystems.


Prof. W. Admiraal


Dr H.G. van der Geest

Dr J.M. de Goeij


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.