Silke Van den Wyngaert

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aquatic microbial ecology

parasitic fungi (Chytridiomycota) of phytoplankton

culturing techniques (phytoplankton-chytrid systems)

light and fluorescence microscopy

molecular phylogenetics

agent based modelling



Hans-Peter Grossart; Silke van den Wyngaert; Maiko Kagami; Christian Wurzbacher; Michael Cunliffe; Keilor Rojas-Jimenez

Fungi in aquatic ecosystems

Nature Reviews : Microbiology. - 17(2019)6, S. 339-354


R. Henrik Nilsson; Andy F. S. Taylor; Rachel I. Adams; Christiane Baschien; Johan Bengtsson-Palme; Patrik Cangren; Cluadia Coleine; Heide-Marie Daniel; Sydney I. Glassman; Yuuri Hirooka; Laszlo Irinyi; Reda Irsenaite; Pedro M. Martin-Sanchez; Wieland Meyer; Seung-Yoon Oh; Jose Paulo Sampaio; Keith A. Seifert; Frantisek Sklenar; Dirk Stubbe; Sung-Oui Suh; Richard Summerbell; Sten Svantesson; Martin Unterseher; Cobus M. Visagie; Michael Weiss; Joyce H. C. Woudenberg; Christian Wurzbacher; Silke van den Wyngaert; Neriman Yilmaz; Andrey Yurkov; Urmas Koljalg; Kessy Abarenkov

Taxonomic annotation of public fungal ITS sequences from the built environment: a report from an April 10-11, 2017 workshop (Aberdeen, UK)

MycoKeys. - (2016)16, S. 17-44


DFG Project

Title: Molecular and ecophysiological diversity of phytoplankton-fungi associations

Duration: July 2017 - July 2020

Fungal parasites of phytoplankton are ubiquitous and constitute an integral component of aquatic ecosystems. Despite the growing evidence that these parasitic fungi have profound effects on ecosystem functioning via top-down control of phytoplankton blooms and by providing alternative nutrient flows, they remain largely understudied. This is mainly because they are difficult to identify and as a consequence frequently overseen. Recently, environmental DNA surveys reveal an unexpectedly large diversity of undescribed fungi in aquatic ecosystems. A substantial part of these “unknown” sequences certainly belong to phytoplankton parasitic fungi. Up to date they remain, however, largely invisible for the molecular ecologist because so far, only a tiny proportion of validly described phytoplankton associated fungi is represented in molecular databases. The first objective of the present project is bridging this gap between morphological and molecular studies using both classical cultivation dependent and state of the art cultivation independent approaches. This will allow environmental genomics to obtain access to more than a century wealth of taxonomic knowledge and improve the linkage between diversity and function of fungi in aquatic ecosystems. Phylogenetic integration of this hitherto neglected group of phytoplankton parasitic fungi will also provide a major contribution to resolving evolutionary key events in the basal fungal tree. The second objective is to increase our knowledge on the ecophysiological features of phytoplankton-fungi interactions. A unique set of model systems enables physiological experiments to assess the effect of temperature and light on the interaction of well characterized phytoplankton-fungal isolates displaying taxonomic and ecological (specialist vs. generalist) variability. This will provide important, hitherto missing, baseline data regarding taxon specific and trait related physiological responses of phytoplankton-fungi interactions. Such data is crucial to improve current and future predictions of fungal infections on phytoplankton dynamics in the context of global change. 

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