Front row: Vincent Laudet
Back row: (left to right) Ken Maeda, Yuki Tara, Rio Kashimoto, Saori Miura, Yoko Fujitomi
Only with members present in Japan for now. We miss our MEEDU members still remain in France!
We are very happy to announce the opening of the marine Eco-Evo-Devo joint lab at the Marine Research Station of the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology (ICOB) of Academia Sinica in Taiwan. It is so exciting to join such a prestigious institution. We anticipate a lot of pleasure from my interactions with my colleagues at ICOB and in particular in the Marine Research Station at Yilan where my group will be located. Fiona Lee as already started very active research on clown fishes there !
Yuki Tara and Saori Miura are doing the first experiments in the lab we share with Tim Ravasi’s and Svante Pääbo’s unit in Lab4 level F. After a lot of work it has started ! This is the first of many many to come…..
We conducted the first field trip of MEEDU to collect goby larvae at a stream on Okinawa on July 27th. The weather was good and the stream was beautiful. We found various developmental stages of a goby species at the site, and we could enjoy the environment as well.
In the Taiwanese site of our unit at the Yilan marine station (ICOB, Academia Sinica) Fiona Lee have followed the embryonic development of our main model species the clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris. You could see 4 steps: (i) the gastrulation that corresponds to the formation of the embryonic layers and the main embryonic axis; (ii) the segmentation with the development of main body section and the elongation of the antero-posterior axis during which the somites, future vertebrae, are formed, (iii) the late stages with the formation of the organs and finally (iv) the hatching.
As so many scientists around the world, many members of the MEEDU unit, still being in Europe, are confined at home. This should not be a reason not to organize (virtual) meetings and to celebrate spring together !
Our first couple of Amphiprion clarkii is now present in OIST Seragaki marine station. This species of clownfish is the most common in Okinawa and exhibit a strong color polymorphism. This couple will be used to establish a colony in our future husbandry. Welcome !