The abstract submission deadline for the 52nd European Marine Biology Symposium (25 - 29 September 2017, Slovenia) is 15 April 2017.
Chair: prof. dr. Lovrenc Lipej (National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station, Slovenia)
Co-chair: assist. prof. dr. Patricija Mozetič (National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station, Slovenia)
In the General Session among other contributions a sub-session entitled: "Mesophotic ecosystems: mysteries and research challenges" will be organized by TASCMAR project and chaired by Prof. Yehuda Benayahu, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
The Horizon 2020 project TASCMAR develops new strategies to overcome bottlenecks in the environmentally sustainable discovery and applications of novel marine derived biomolecules. The project investigates applications in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and technologies for bioremediation. It takes a whole new approach, using as its main bioresource the invertebrates and symbionts found in the mesophotic coral-reef ecosystems (MCEs) that have been defined as comprising the light-dependent organisms found below 30 to 150 m in tropical and subtropical regions. It is hypothesized that mesophotic life forms may serve as refugia for endangered shallow water species and potential sources to replenish degraded habitats.