About the Workshop
Diatoms are the most species rich group of algae, and they contribute about 20% of annual global carbon fixation. They play major roles in ocean food webs and global biogeochemical cycles. They are also a target of the biotechnology industry because of their nano-patterned silica cell wall and high lipid content. Diatoms have received increasing attention as more genomes became available and because of the development of genome editing tools. CRISPR/Cas9 technology has made diatoms as genetically tractable as well established biological model species. At this EMBO workshop, we will bring together the international molecular diatom community for the 5th time to present and to discuss the latest data and developments in the field of molecular diatom research from genes to ecosystems. As our community currently is experiencing a step change in understanding diatoms, it will be critical to allow synergistic discussions and networking between scientists working on diverse aspects of diatom biology and evolution. The aim will be to develop new scientific concepts and experimental approaches based on the application of the latest molecular tools and genomic information to explore the fascinating lifestyle of diatoms.