Other Projects

Dioszegia antarctica, a novel pyschrophilic basidiomycetous yeast isolated from Antarctic soil

The Connell Lab has collaborated and participated in a number of past research efforts related to harmful algal blooms, including the Pacific Northwest ECOHAB project which focused on toxin-producing Pseudo-nitzschia.

For more information about the ECOHAB-PNW visit their website.

We also have worked on other toxin-producing phytoplankton species including Fibrocapsa japonica, Heterosigma carterae and Heterosigma akashiwo. In 1997, results of a study revealing effects of H. akashiwo on survival of larval Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) were published in the Journal of Shellfish research (See Connell et al., 1997). The Lab is currently studying Alexandrium species and working on developing sensors for the detection of these species and the associated toxin.

The Connell Lab has also studied yeasts from a diverse collection of habitats and environments. In 2002, we published the results of a novel filter-based chemiluminescent in situ hybridization method that was utilized in the detection of Brettanomyces from air samples from a winery (see Connell et al., 2002). We have also studied fungal communities in extreme environments such as those occuring in deep sea hydrothermal vents and South Georgia Island in the far south Atlantic (see Connell, 1994). The Connell lab continues to explore the incredible diversity of the fungal communities at some of the coldest and driest places on the planet - in Antarctica's dry valleys! 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or potential collaborations.

©  2012, Laurie Connell - University of Maine - A Member of the University of Maine System