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Protist extracts are commonly used as food additives, including as gelling agents in ready-made meals.


Protists cause a number of major diseases, including malaria and sleeping sickness.

Dee Breger, http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news/2002/breger_slide3.html

Fossil fuels

Remains of protists and other microbes make up a large proportion of the organic matter extracted as petroleum.


Protists such as Chlamydomonas reinhardtii or Emiliana huxleyi, serve as important model organisms.

33rd annual meeting of the German Society for Protozoology

Welcome to the official website of the 33rd annual meeting of the German Society for Protozoology, taking place 12-15 February 2014 in Oer-Erkenschwick, Nordrhein-Westfalen. The meeting will be jointly hosted by the Department of Biodiversity (former General Botany), University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and the Center for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) at the UDE. The meeting will cover a broad range of research topics within protozoology, including taxonomy, phylogenomics, evolution, and cell biology. The official conference language will be English.

Protozoology encompasses all aspects related to protists, which are eukaryotic and usually unicellular organisms. Most protists are microscopic, coexisting with other microorganisms – like bacteria – within most ecosystems on Earth and vitally contributing to their functioning. For example, photosynthetic microalgae constitute the base of the food web in most aquatic ecosystems and heterotrophic protists, those with ‘animal-like’ nutrition, serve as a vital link in the transfer of energy within systems, as predators of bacteria and as prey to larger organisms. Protists can also drastically alter ecosystems, for example through harmful toxic blooms in the oceans, and cause human disease, including malaria, African sleeping sickness, and amoebic dysentery.

The meeting’s scientific programme is uniquely broad, serving as a platform for researchers from a variety of disciplines, including biology, medicine, and the geosciences.

Read more about the highlights of the programme and have a look at the timetable


The detailed programme will be available early January 2014. Have a look at the highlights and programme.

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Salvador-Allende-Haus, Oer-Erkenschwick, Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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