Navigation Links
A new generation database to help ecological research on marine organisms
Date:1/27/2014

Ecosystem functioning, or the role which organisms play in an ecosystem, is becoming increasingly important in marine ecological and conservation. To facilitate such studies an international team of scientists lead by S. Faulwetter from the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HMRC) present the Polytraits database that aims to provide re-usable, and accessible data on marine bristle worms. The paper describing the new database was published in the innovative Biodiversity Data Journal, a pioneer in the publication of integrated biological data.

Benthic organisms participate in a number of biological processes in world water basins. Their functional diversity is an important community property demonstrating the role organisms have in the ecosystem and helping to understand how the community reacts to environmental changes. Polychaetes, or bristle worms, are marine worms famous for their peculiar shapes and often vivid coloration. More than 10,000 species are described in the class worldwide, most of which living in the shelf zone of the seas and oceans, burrowing in the sediment or swimming among the plankton.

At present, the Polytraits database contains almost 20,000 records on morphological, behavioural and reproductive characteristics of more than 1,000 species, all referenced by literature sources. All data on these engaging organisms can be freely accessed through the project website in different ways and formats, both human-readable and machine-readable. The new database presents a rich and easy to use collection, which cover morphological, reproductive and behavioural characteristics of polychaetes, as well as information on environmental preferences in an attempt to facilitate ecological research and conservation studies.

The researchers also provide a leading-edge approach to accessing
'/>"/>

Contact: Sarah Faulwetter
sarifa@hcmr.gr
Pensoft Publishers
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Effects of environmental toxicants reach down through generations
2. Beating famine: Sustainable food security through land regeneration in a changing climate
3. LABS, Inc. Launches Suite of Next-Generation Test Offerings; Focuses on Expanding Complex Biologic Testing Portfolio in 2012
4. Penn biologists identify a key enzyme involved in protecting nerves from degeneration
5. Merkin Family Foundation to fund next generation of Broad Institute scientists
6. Second-generation drug used for hypertension aids heart function independent of blood pressure
7. University of Nevada, Reno first to show transgenerational effect of antibiotics
8. First oral agent to quell invasive macular degeneration, restore lost vision
9. SeaSketch, the next generation of UCSBs MarineMap program, will aid marine spatial planning
10. Mice with big brains provide insight into brain regeneration and developmental disorders
11. Scientists identify first gene in programmed axon degeneration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
A new generation database to help ecological research on marine organisms
(Date:8/19/2014)... . Wind ... large amount of electricity is to be produced with renewable ... be stored during productive periods so that these fluctuations can ... adequate for the purpose. Science and industry are therefore working ... systems that used to be too expensive or unsophisticated to ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... not a monkey. It,s not a lemur. It,s not an ... Philippine tarsier: a tiny, adorable and downright "cool" primate from ... Americans are familiar with," said Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge at the ... and ears; an extremely cute, furry body; a long tail ... fingers and toe tips that look a bit like the ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... retail seafood counters in 10 different states show ... to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful ... fish of the same species, but from a ... according to new research by University of Hawai,i ... is essential to allow consumers to choose sustainable ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems 2Asian inventions dominate energy storage systems 3Philippine tarsier gets boost from Kansas research, and genetic proof of a new variety 2Philippine tarsier gets boost from Kansas research, and genetic proof of a new variety 3Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury 2Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury 3
... as 25 percent of hospital nurses go without sleep for ... on the night shift, which is the least effective strategy ... That is one of the results of the first study ... between day and night sleep cycles. The study was based ...
... hydrogen in a sustainable way is a challenge and production ... Xile Hu has discovered that a molybdenum based catalyst is ... the research are published online in Chemical Science ... this discovery has just been filled. Existing in large quantities ...
... Ceelox, Inc. (OTCBB: CELO) announced today that the ... cloud applications using biometrics. Ceelox ID Online® utilizes a ... Internet server-based biometric software application. This enables users to ... i.e. user name and password, compromised or stolen by ...
Cached Biology News:A sleep strategy commonly used by night nurses throws off their circadian clocks 2A sleep strategy commonly used by night nurses throws off their circadian clocks 3Ceelox Provides Biometric Identity Access to Cloud Applications 2Ceelox Provides Biometric Identity Access to Cloud Applications 3
(Date:8/16/2014)... 2014 Dr. Carl Peck, ... today that Agnes Westelinck, PharmD, has joined the ... Premier Experts are top tier consultants whose expertise ... value to the company’s clients. Premier Experts collaborate ... clients successfully develop their medical products, pursue optimal ...
(Date:8/15/2014)... 15, 2014 Actor Robin Williams’ suicide ... As NBC’s Today Show reports, someone commits suicide every ... symptoms of depression from the outside in, I contend ... the underlying cause from the inside out,” says neuroscientist ... Virginia. , “Some of the accounts of Williams’ suicide ...
(Date:8/15/2014)...  Two 5-foot-5 superbug-slaying machines were deployed from ... to JFK Hospital and ELWA Hospital in ... , where they will aid in the fight against ... - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140814/136426 The devices, ... environments where Ebola patients are being treated. TRU-D is ...
(Date:8/14/2014)... experiments, researchers at Johns Hopkins have learned why people ... third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are ... the task, but also by memories of the errors ... new motor task, there appear to be two processes ... in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Former GlaxoSmithKline Senior Executive Agnes Westelinck Joins NDA Partners as a Premier Expert Consultant 2Neurofeedback Helps Alleviate the Underlying Causes of Depression 2Neurofeedback Helps Alleviate the Underlying Causes of Depression 3Germ-Killing Robots Deployed to the Republic of Liberia To Aid in Battle Against Ebola Virus 2Germ-Killing Robots Deployed to the Republic of Liberia To Aid in Battle Against Ebola Virus 3Memories of errors foster faster learning 2
... billions of clot-forming platelets every day, but there are ... with certain diseases or during invasive surgery. Now, University ... can induce bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes to quadruple ... a graduate student of pharmacology in Penn,s Perelman School ...
... Tiny chemical particles emitted by diesel exhaust fumes could raise ... have found that ultrafine particles produced when diesel burns are ... blood clots forming in arteries, leading to a heart attack ... measured the impact of diesel exhaust fumes on healthy volunteers ...
... Mass. -- A novel application of carbon nanotubes, developed by ... solar energy for use whenever it,s needed. Storing the ... to electricity or storing the heat itself in a heavily ... chemical material can be stored for long periods of time ...
Cached Biology Technology:Penn researchers show single drug and soft environment can increase platelet production 2Penn researchers show single drug and soft environment can increase platelet production 3Diesel fumes pose risk to heart as well as lungs, study shows 2MIT research update: New way to store sun's heat 2MIT research update: New way to store sun's heat 3