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New study of the importance of small coastal streams for sea trout in southwest England

This southwest of England is characterized by many small coastal streams with a few larger river catchments. Nonetheless, despite their small size, many of these streams are home to genetically distinct populations of trout/sea trout. At a regional level, genetic structuring of contemporary trout populations in the region has been influenced by a combination of events, including the last Ice Age and also more recent human activities over the last millennium.

Tuna labels matter in Europe!

Watchout levels of tuna mislabelling across Europe and between different types of products or species vary... Read out new paper;

Sotelo CG, Velasco A, Perez-Martin RI, Kappel K, Schröder U, Verrez-Bagnis V, Jérôme M, Mendes R, Silva H, Mariani S, & Griffiths A. (2018) Tuna labels matter in Europe: Mislabelling rates in different tuna products. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0196641. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196641

Chalk stream salmon of southern England are genetically unique

New research suggests that Atlantic salmon inhabiting the chalk streams of southern England are genetically distinct from salmon elsewhere in Europe.

See: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/jfb.13538/abstract

SALSEA genetic database of Atlantic salmon released

Gilbey et al. (in press) A microsatellite baseline for genetic stock identification of European Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). ICES Journal of Marine Science doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsx184

Soft coral species exhibit strikingly different patterns of connectivity around the British Isles

Has the evolution of marine creatures been shaped by barriers to connectivity, as observed in many terrestrial species?

South West experts unite to fight deadly frog-killing fungus

Scientists at the region’s leading zoological charity have joined forces with researchers at the University of Exeter to develop a ground-breaking test for a disease that’s sweeping through the natural world.

See: Brixham News article for more details...

NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Marine connectivity in sea fans and soft corals: implications for conservation and the designation of Marine Protected Areas

The proposed project will investigate the extent of selection driving genetic differences between populations of the two species, E. verucosa at the northern limit of its range, A. digitatum at its southern limit. We will explore fundamental differences in their basic biology to elucidate biological factors that might be contributing to the markedly different patterns of genetic structure observed, whether due to differences in connectivity or to selection.

Large-scale study reveals new insights into coral and symbiotic algae partnership

Eroded Orbicella

A large-scale study of Caribbean coral has yielded discoveries on the pairing process between an endangered coral and the microscopic symbiotic algae they rely on for survival. See

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