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Microalgae are important in the ecosystem, contributing half of the Earth’s primary productivity and serving as a vital base in the aquatic food web. Anthropogenic activities are causing major shifts in the environment and directly impacting the survival of microalgae.

Fluorometry, based on the measuring the fluorescence and quenching of chlorophyll in the antenna regions of chloroplast, is one of the indispensable tool for phycologists to understand and assess photosynthesis level and photoprotection. Forming the major branches of omics technologies, transcriptomics and metabolomics aim to analyse all or majority of changes of levels of transcripts and metabolites.

Taken together, studying chlorophyll fluorescence, transcriptome and metabolome changes of microalgae allow researchers to understand cellular responses and adaptation in events of environmental change.


About this workshop

On behalf of the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya, we are delighted to invite you to this workshop which will be held at the Institute of Graduate Studies, University of Malaya, from 13th - 14th October 2017.

Conducted by Professor Dr. John Beardall (Monash University, Australia) and Professor Dr. Wei Dong (Dalian University of Technology, China), participants will be exposed to:

  • Theoretical and practical sessions on chlorophyll fluorescence using a pulse amplitude modulated fluorometer (Water PAM and Diving PAM, Germany)

  • Overview of -omics based approach on microalgae with emphasis on the experimental design, data analysis and interpretation.

We look forward to meeting you in this exciting workshop.

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