1st Year Meeting
The 1st year meeting of the project was successfully held in YIOTIS facilities in Athens on October 22, 2019. In the frame of the meeting each partner presented the progress of the tasks they are involved, and the next steps and actions were planned.
Kick off meeting
The kick off meeting of the project was held in YIOTIS facilities in Athens on September 21, 2018. During the meeting the partners presented their contribution in the project and their work plan according to the Gannt chart.
Participation of the research team in scientific Workshops-Congresses
Participation of Dr. Sotirios Orfanidis at a meeting on the preparation of a research proposal for the green alga Ulva, in the framework of the European COST action
Dr. Sotirios Orfanidis, Research Director of the Fisheries Research Institute (ELGO-DIMITRA) participated in a presentation on 13 June 2019, at a meeting to prepare a research proposal in the context of European COST action. The meeting was organized by Dr. Muki Shpigel, Professor at the University of Haifa, Israel, at the premises of the CoNISMa (NATIONAL INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR MARINE SCIENCES), Piazzale Flaminio, 9 - 00196, Rome. The aim of the research proposal was to create knowledge on the economic exploitation of the chlorophyll of the genus Ulva, which is commonly referred to as the "Wheat of the sea”.
Participation of INALE Research Team at the 16th Panhellenic Conference of the Hellenic Botanical Society, 10-13 October 2019, Athens
Malea L., Nakou K., Orfanidis S. 2019. Differences of photochemical efficiency of two shade-acclimated commercial seaweeds (Ulva sp., Chondracanthus teedei) under light stress: first results. Congress proceedings (in press). The commercial species Chondracanthus teedei (red alga) and Ulva sp. (green alga) were unialgally cultivated for two years in the laboratory, under low irradiance conditions (20-30 μmol photons m-2 s-1). To investigate the capability of cultivation of these two species under natural conditions, we examined their photochemical performance before, during their exposition to high irradiance (Cool white LED: 400 μmol photons m-2 s-1) for 6 hours and during the recovery period up to 5 days, at 22 ± 1οC (n=6). The measured parameters were determined by using two protocols: JIP-test (ΦPo, ΦDo, ΨΕΤ2ο, ΦET2o, ΨRE1o, ΦRE1o, δRo), QA quenching (Fv/Fm, qP, qL, qN, NPQ). The results showed that high irradiance significantly affected the chlorophyll-a fluorescence differently in both species, notably in C. teedei, in which it reverted to relatively initial levels at the end of the experiment. The sensitivity and recovery of photosynthetic function may indicate the necessity of a gradual acclimation of the two species under conditions of open system culture or field.