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MarBEF/ROSEMEB Workshop on Chemical Ecology of Plankton

Location: Klapeida, Lithuania
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2008-07-02    
End Date: 2008-07-04

Event Description:
The participants of this workshop all share an interest in the role of secondary metabolites as important defenses against predators, competitors and pathogens. To date, tens of thousands of these metabolites have been described from marine protists and benthic and pelagic meso- and macro-invertebrates. Most of these compounds have been isolated from benthic organisms, however, and the chemical ecology of plankton has been largely uncharted.

The aim of this workshop is therefore to compare secondary metabolites from planktonic microbes to micro-algae and mesozooplankton in terms of structure, [function], and biosynthetic pathways. Compounds with different biological activities, from those with feeding deterrent properties, to those that induce developmental arrest and growth reduction, or toxicity and death, will be compared with the aim of writing a position paper on the “state of the art” of chemical ecology in the plankton.

Since we will be together for only 3 days, we will try to optimize the time we have together and make only short presentations of the work we are involved in before breaking up in working groups that will prepare a first draft of the paper.

Contact email:,

Event programme:
Tuesday July 1 arrival

Wednesday July 2
- 9:00 – 9:15 welcome
- 9:15 – 12:00: brief 10 minute
presentations by participants
- 12:00 – 13:00: lunch
- 13:00 – 19:00 excursion
- 20:00 - dinner

Thursday July 3
- 9:00 – 10:00 Discussion and identification of working groups on different topics
- 10:00 – 12:00 Meeting of different working groups
- 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
- 13:00 – 16:00 Continuation of morning meetings
- 16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
- 17:00 – 19:00 Continuation of morning meetings
- 20:00 – Dinner

Friday July 4
- 9:00 – 12:00 Overview of the conclusions based on the group discussions (Plenary session)
- 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
- 13:00 – 16:00 Continuation of plenary session
- 16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
- 17:00 – 19:00 Continuation of plenary session
- 20:00 – Dinner

Collaborators and organisers:
Adrianna Ianora Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn, Naples Italy
Renata Pilkaityte and Arturas Razinkovas Klapeida University, Coastal Research and Planning Institute Klapeida, Lithuania

Website url: 

Registration form: 

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2008-06-03 and approved by webmaster