Macroalgal secondary metabolites from Arctic waters

Updated 2003-03-04

The aim of this project is to investigate natural products from polar macroalgae. As arctic waters represent an extreme habitat, formation of secondary metabolites is limited - besides other factors - by light conditions. Therefore, the influence of light, particularly different photon fluence rates and UV radiation, on secondary metabolism and on regulation of associated genes will be studied.

Time frame

Project time span
2002 - 2003
Data collection
2002 - 2003
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Dr. Matthias Köck
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Am Handelshafen 12, Gebäude C D-27570 Bremerhaven
Other project contacts
Kontaktperson: Maren Lieneweg Tel.: +49-471-4831-1401 E-Mail:

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
UV effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)


Regions studied
UV effects
UV effects
Other areas
Kongsfjord, West Spitsbergen

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

- Collections of macroalgae to investigate the influence of the season (July 2003 compared to August 2002) - Cultivation of selected algae in the laboratory under extreme photon fluence rates and under UV-radiation - Cultivation of selected algae in different depths in the Kongsfjorden - Extraction of the algal samples, isolation of RNA and secondary metabolites for further investigation in the AWI laboratories at Bremerhaven

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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