New Standards for Documenting Biodiversity of Ciliates and Strategies for Accessing and Sharing Data

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Integrating the 3 Dimensions of Biodiversity:

New Standards for Documenting

Biodiversity of Ciliates


Strategies for Accessing and Sharing Data

A Workshop Presented by the

International Research Coordination Network

for Biodiversity of Ciliates
and the
British Society for Protist Biology
Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK

September 1–3, 2014

Welcome to a 3-day workshop sponsored by the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates!
Keynote speakers and session leaders will be curators of major slide and culture collections, experts in constructing and using databases, and a broad selection of international researchers in biodiversity of ciliates.

Major objectives of the workshop will be

  • defining new standards for description of taxa and deposition of type/voucher material

  • exploring ways to access data and share it between disciplines in the era of “big data”

  • informing participants about studies of biodiversity of ciliates in different parts of the world and forming collaborations to broaden the geographic scope of integrative biodiversity

  • Updating participants on activities of the IRCN-BC during its first three years of existence and beginning the process of planning for our long-term existence

Participants are encouraged to contribute submit suggestions for additional topics to be addressed in discussion sessions, in future workshops, or in web forums.

Poster presentations on any aspect of ciliate biodiversity are invited.
All principal sessions will meet in the Executive Seminar Room of the Moore Building Annex. Breakout sessions and poster presentations will be in room MX/034 of the Moore Building Annex.

Schedule of Events
Monday, September 1, 2014
Principal Session 1: New standards for description of taxa, new requirements and

standards for deposition of type/voucher material, and strategies for consistent

archiving of material obtained in a broad spectrum of biodiversity studies
08450900 Welcome and Introduction: John Clamp, Alan Warren & Emily Perrier
09000930 Morphological characters and other phenotypic data for species descriptions: Sabine Agatha
0930—0955 Type slides and other traditional collections: Erna Aescht

0955—1020 Conservation of protists is cryopreservation an option? John Day

10201045 Tea/coffee

10451110 NHM Molecular Collection Facility: Jackie Mackenzie-Dodds

11101135 DNA-barcoding of ciliates: Micah Dunthorn & Zhenzhen Yi

1135-1200 The Pisa (Dini) collection of Euplotes strains: an experimental

resource for ciliate biodiversity research; Piero Luporini et al.*

12001230 Issues in ecological studies of ciliate biodiversity: Jun Gong

12301345 Lunch in Founder’s Dining Room, Founder’s Building

13451405 Phylogenetic studies of ciliates at Ocean Univ. China: Feng Gao
14051435 Tetrahymena thermophila: an excellent model organism for epigenetic

research: Shan Gao

14351530 Group discussions
15301600 Tea/coffee
16001630 Reports from group discussions

16301700 Comments by representatives of ICZN and journal editors

17001745 General discussion and conclusions

1900—2045 Dinner in HUB Dining Hall

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Principal Session 2: A global survey of studies of ciliate biodiversity

08450935 Ciliate biodiversity studies in China: Xiaofeng Lin & Xiaozhong Hu

0935—1000 Ciliate biodiversity studies in India: Komal Kamra.

1000—1025 Ciliate biodiversity studies in the Western Hemisphere: John Clamp

10251100 Tea/coffee and posters

11001125 Ciliate biodiversity studies in the UK: Genoveva Esteban.

11251150 Ciliate biodiversity studies in Spain: Blanca Perez-Uz & Mercedes


11501215 Ciliate biodiversity studies in Austria: Thomas Weisse

12151315 Lunch in Founder’s Dining Room, Founder’s Building

13151340 Ciliate biodiversity studies in Italy: Santosh Kumar & Antonietta Terza
13401405 Ciliate biodiversity studies in sub-Saharan Africa: Geoffrey Ongondo
1415—1800 Choice of excursions; participants should indicate in advance on their booking form which excursion they prefer.
CABI. A free tour of key facilities including the national collection of fungus cultures. Maximum 10 people. The CABI site is next to Royal Holloway and so does not require transport.
Savill Garden. A 35-acre ornamental garden. Admission is ca. £10.

Savill Garden is ca. 20-30 minutes walking distance from Royal Holloway, or we can ferry persons by car in ca. 5 minutes.

Windsor Castle and town. Admission to the castle is ca. £17.

Windsor is ca. 20 minutes by road. We can arrange a round-trip journey by minibus or small coach for ca. £10 per person (to be paid when submitting completed workshop booking form)

1900—2045 Dinner in HUB Dining Hall
Wednesday 3 September 2014

Principal Session 3: Storing, accessing, and sharing biodiversity data

08450930 Placing ciliates in the big data world: Paddy Patterson
0930—1000 Linking layers of biodiversity data: Vince Smith

1000—1030 The Nagoya Protocol: implications and opportunities: Natasha Ali
10301115 Tea/coffee and posters

11151145 Strategies for sharing data and facilitating research in specific areas: John Clamp
1145—1215 The ciliate species names list project: Dave Roberts

12151245 Discussion

12451400 Lunch in Founder’s Dining Room, Founder’s Building

1400—1500 The future of the IRCN-BC; life after the present cycle of funding: Open discussion led by John Clamp and the Steering Committee to begin forming a strategy for long-term maintenance of the IRCN-BC
15001530 Tea/coffee
1530—1630 Meeting of the IRCN-BC steering committee
*Full author list: F. Dini, G. Di Giuseppe, A. Vallesi, & P. Luporini (Univ. of Pisa and Camerino)

Thursday 4 September 2014
Post-Workshop Tour of Natural History Museum Molecular Collection facility.

An optional short, cost-free tour of the NHM Molecular Collection facility (MCf) will be given by the MCf manager, Jackie Mackenzie Dodds. The NHM is located in central London, close to South Kensington underground station. If you wish to join this tour please indicate on your booking form. Maximum 25 people.


Effects of nitrogen deposition on the diversity and abundance of ciliate and testate amoebae populations in a biological soil crusts from a semiarid Mediterranean ecosystem.

Maria Virginia Chang Galfione, Mercedes Martín-Cereceda and Blanca Pérez-Uz.

Dept. Microbiología III. Fac. C.C. Biológicas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Preliminary results on the ciliate and amoeba diversity in soil samples from Malawi and Borneo.

Marina Angel-Quiroga, Blanca Pérez-Uz and Mercedes Martín-Cereceda.

Dept. Microbiología III. Fac. C.C. Biológicas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Diverse freshwater Ciliate Fauna from Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi, India.

Seema Makhija1, Renu Gupta2and Ravi Toteja1.

1Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

2Maitreyi College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

Soil Ciliate (Protozoa, Ciliophora) diversity in and around Delhi region, India.

Renu Gupta1, Seema Makhija2 and Ravi Toteja2

1Maitreyi College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

2Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Ciliate diversity and feeding activity in Mexican Plateau water-monomictic lakes with anoxic hypolimnion.

Miroslav Macek1, Ximena Sánchez1, 2 and Fernando Bautista – Reyes1, 2

1Tropical Limnology Research Project, UNAM FES Iztacala, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, Mexico

2Posgrado en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (PCMyL), UNAM FES Iztacala, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, Mexico

Isolating genomic DNA from Lagenophrys tattersalli Willis, 1942: A new insight into loricated peritrich taxonomy.

Robert I. Mansergh, Simon M. Cragg and Alex T. Ford.

Institute of Marine Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Ferry Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9LY, United Kingdom.

Estimation of ribosomal RNA copy number in ciliates using quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR).

Isabelle Trautmann, Micah Dunthorn and Frédéric Mahé,

University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Long-term Ex situ conservation of ciliates in CCAP.

Undine Achilles-Day and John G Day.

Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, UK

A new soil ciliate species (Ciliophora, Colpodea) from the Atacama Desert (Chile).

Pablo Quintela-Alonso, Frank Nitsche, Glen Bornhoft and Hartmut Arndt.

Department of General Ecology, Cologne Biocenter, University of Cologne, Zülpicher Strasse 47b, D-50674 Cologne, Germany

Cooperative studies on marine ciliates biodiversity in China by the OUC and SCNU since 2006.

Weibo Song, Xiaofeng Lin, Xiaozhong Hu, Alan Warren, Khaled A. S. Al-Rasheid and John Clamp.

China, Saudi Arabia, USA and UK

Effect of lowered pH on marine ciliates.

Zhuo Shen and Hongbin Liu.

Coastal Marine Lab, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
The International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates (IRCN–BC) is a joint project between U.S. and Chinese researchers that promotes multidisciplinary, integrative research on biodiversity of ciliated protists and fosters international collaborations.
The IRCN-BC gratefully acknowledges funding by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Dimensions of Biodiversity) and the Natural Science Foundation of China.
It welcomes participation by ANY researcher investigating ANY facet of biodiversity of ciliates or other protists as well as prokaryotes or multicellular eukaryotes that interact with ciliates in some way.
Our goal is to attract a broad input of expertise, outlooks, and technical skills into collaborative research projects. The IRCN–BC sponsors one major workshop or symposium each year and funds travel by researchers for specialized training or research collaborations, to workshops, or to professional meetings.

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