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Wilmotte Annick
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Dr Wilmotte has 22 years of research experience in the isolation, cultivation, and characterisation of cyanobacteria by phenotypic and genotypic methods. She has contributed significantly to the molecular taxonomy of cyanobacteria. Her polar work concerns the microscopic and genotypic diversity of cyanobacteria in Antarctic microbial mats (MICROMAT, LAQUAN) and the use of fossil DNA for cyanobacterial paleodiversity reconstruction (LAQUAN). She also was involved in the study of the diversity of picoplanktonic cyanobacteria in the Southern Ocean and Arctic Sea.

Activities

  • Research programme:
    • SPSD II : Antarctica V
    • SD : Antarctica VI
  • Research group: Université de Liège (ULg) - Center for Protein Engineering
  • Research projects:
    • LAQUAN - Late quaternary climate history of coastal Antarctic environments: a multi-proxy approach
    • CASES - Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study
    • HOLANT - Holocene climate variability and ecosystem change in coastal East and Maritime Antarctica
    • LIMNOPOLAR - Study of non-marine aquatic ecosystems in the polar zones
    • Elaborating public culture collections of diatoms, polar cyanobacteria and diatoms in Belgium
  • Related activities:
    • Printemps-des-Sciences
    • The school contest ‘Pole-position’
    • The BE-POLES ‘grand public’ workshop on 23-25 March 2006
    • Coordination of the Support action of BELSPO, BE-POLES
    • Second contact person of the IPY project MERGE (Microbiological and Ecological Responses to Global Environmental Changes in Polar Regions).
    • participation at PolePosition contest: French - English

List of publications

Peer reviewed papers

A. Wilmotte, C. Demonceau, A. Goffart, J.-H. Hecq, V. Demoulin & A.C. Crossley. Molecular and Pigment Studies of the picophytoplankton in a region of the Southern Ocean (47 to 54°S, 141 to 144 °E) in March 1998. Deep Sea Research II, F.I.: 1.1610, 2002, 49, 3351-3363

Taton, Arnaud, Grubisic, Stana, Brambilla, Evelyne, De Wit, Rutger & Wilmotte, Annick. Cyanobacterial Diversity in Natural and Artificial Microbial Mats of Lake Fryxell (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica): a Morphological and Molecular Approach. Appl. Environ. Microbiol, F.I.: 3.6910, 2003, 69, 5157-5169.

Sabbe, K., D.A. Hodgson, E. Verleyen, A. Taton, A. Wilmotte, K. Vanhoutte & W. Vyverman (2004) Salinity, Depth and the Structure and Composition of Microbial Mats in Continental Antarctic Lakes. Freshwater Biology, 49: 296-319.

Komárek J., A. Taton, J. Suleka, A. Wilmotte, K. Kastovská & J. Elster - Ultrastructure and taxonomic position of the cyanobacterium Schizothrix. Cryptogamie/Algologie, in press.

Taton A., S. Grubisic, P. Balthasart & A. Wilmotte – Biogeographical distribution and ecological ranges of benthic cyanobacteria in East Antarctic lakes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, in press.

C. Boutte, S. Grubisic, P. Balthasart and A. Wilmotte - Testing of primers for the study of cyanobacterial molecular diversity by DGGE. Journal of Microbiological Methods, in press, website

Taton A., S. Grubisic, D. Ertz, D. Hodgson, R. Piccardi, N. Biondi, M. Tredici, M. Mainini , D. Losi, F. Marinelli & A. Wilmotte - Polyphasic study of the diversity and evolution of Antarctic cyanobacterial strains. Journal of Phycology, submitted.

Not refereed publications/book chapters

Schmoker C., A. Taton, P. Balthasart, S. Grubisic, D.A. Hodgson & A. Wilmotte (2005) - Which cyanobacterial genotypes are observed in microbial mats of antarctic lakes? Terra Antarctica Reports, 11:51-56.

Gibson J.A.E, A. Wilmotte, A. Taton, B. van de Vijver & H. Dartnall - Biogeographical trends in Antarctic lake communities. Book chapter edited by RiSSC, Kluwer, in press.

Posters and oral presentations

Wilmotte, A., Taton, A, Grubisic, S. Which cyanobacteria are living in the mats of Antarctic lakes? A molecular approach. ISME-9 Ninth International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Amsterdam, 26-31 August 2001, page 140.

Wilmotte, A., De Wit, R., Dyer, PS., Genilloud, O., Göttlich, E., Hodgson, D., de Hoog, S., Jones, B., Laybourn-Parry, J., Marinelli, F., Stackebrandt, E., Swings, J., Vyverman. MICROMAT: study and use of the diversity of microbial mats in Antarctic lakes. ISME-9 Ninth International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Amsterdam, 26-31August 2001, page 309.

Taton, A, Grubisic, S., Ertz, D., Hoffmann, L., Sivonen, K, Vakkilainen, T., Jones, B., Meyer, D., Biondi, R., Piccardi, R., Losi, D, Tredici, M., Marinelli, F, Wilmotte, A. Micromat: cyanobacteria of microbial mats in Antarctic lakes – polyphasic diversity study and biotechnological applications.. VIII SCAR International Biology Symposium. Antarctic Biology in a Global Context. Amsterdam, 27 August-1 September 2001, S5P60.

Taton, A, Grubisic, S., Ertz, D., Wilmotte, A., Hodgson, D., Montiel, P., Laybourn-Parry, J, Dyer, P, Murtagh, G, Van Eygen, S, Cnockaert, M., Swings, J, Mergaert, J, Vyverman, W, Cousin, S, Sabbe, K, Stackebrandt, E, Tindall, B, Brambilla, E., Neumann, R,, Biondi, R., Piccardi, R., Losi, D, Tredici, M., Marinelli, F, De Wit, R, Buffan-Dubau E, Pringault, O., Gottlich, E, Jones, B., Meyer, D., De Hoog, S, Rojas, Jl, Genilloud, O. Micromat: Biodiversity of microbial mats in Antarctic lakes and its biotechnological utilisation. VIII SCAR International Biology Symposium. Antarctic Biology in a Global Context. Amsterdam, 27 August-1 September 2001, S5P54.

Taton, A., Grubisic, S., Ertz, D., Hoffmann, L., Wilmotte, A. Cyanobacteria from microbial mats of Antarctic lakes: a polyphasic assessment of diversity. 15th Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research, Barcelona, 3-7 september 2001, page 7.

Taton, A., Grubisic, S., Ertz, D., Hoffmann, L., Wilmotte, A. Cyanobacteria from microbial mats of Antarctic lakes: a polyphasic assessment of diversity. Proceedings ESF workshop CYANOFIX “Natural communities of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria: new techniques for field studies, 6 - 10 novembre 2001, Bertinoro, Italie, p. 36.

Taton, A., Grubisic, S., Wilmotte, A. Genotypic diversity of cyanobacteria in microbial mats from coastal lakes in Eastern Antarctica. Proceedings du Final Symposium of the CYANOFIX programme ‘Cyanobacterial nitrogen fixation : from molecules to ecological systems’ du 25 au 28 septembre 2002 à Tomar (Portugal), p. 27.

Taton A., Schmoker C., Elmandil B., Grubisic S., Balthasart P., Sabbe K., Vyverman W., Wilmotte A. Molecular diversity of Cyanobacteria in microbial mats from coastal lakes in Eastern Antarctica. Proceedings Third international symposium of Ecological Genetics, 2003, KUL, Leuven, Belgique, 5/2/2003

Taton A., Balthasart P., Grubisic S., Waleron K. and Wilmotte A. Which cyanobacterial genotypes are observed in microbial mats of antarctic lakes? Schmoker C., Proceedings RiSCC Workshop (SCAR), 2003, Varèse, Italie, 2/7/2003

Taton, A., Grubisic, S., Balthasart, P., Tredici, M., Losi, D., Marinelli, F. & Wilmotte, A. Cyanobacterial diversity in benthic mats of Antarctic lakes: novel phylotypes and pharmaceutical screening of isolates. Proceedings of 'Metagenomics 2003, from microbial diversity to function, 2003, Darmstadt, Allemagne,

De Wit R., O. Pringault, A. Massé, E. Buffan-Dubau, A. Taton & A. Wilmotte. Etudes expérimentales des biofilms photosynthétiques. 2004, VIème congrès national de la société française de microbiologie, Bordeaux, France, 5/10/2004

Schmoker C., A. Taton, P. Balthasart, S. Grubisic, K. Waleron and A. Wilmotte. Genotypic diversity of cyanobacteria in microbial mats of Antarctic lakes, 2004, International Conference on Arctic Microbiology, Rovianemi, Finlande, 22/3/2004

Wilmotte A. & A. Taton. Present status of the molecular phylogeny of cyanobacteria based on the 16S rRNA gene, 2004, 16th IAC Symposium, Luxembourg, 30/8/2004

Taton A., S. Grubisic, D. Ertz, D.A. Hodgson, R. Piccardi, N. Biondi, M. Tredici, M. Mainini, D. Losi, F., Marinelli & A. Wilmotte. Polyphasic characterisation and biotechnological exploitation of cyanobacterial strains isolated from microbial mats in Antarctic lakes, 2004, 16th IAC Symposium, Luxembourg, 30/8/2004

Taton A., D.A. Hodgson, A. Wilmotte (2005) - Cyanobacterial diversity in Antarctica based on 16s rRNA gene sequences. ASLO SUMMER MEETING “A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH GLOBAL AQUATIC SCIENCES”, Santiago de Compostella, Spain, 19-24/06/2005.
Taton A. & A. Wilmotte (2005) - Cyanobacterial ecology in Antarctica. JOINT EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING, Liège, Belgique, 4-8/07/2005.

Schmoker C., A. Taton, P. Balthasart, K. Waleron, E. Verleyen, S. Cousin, W. Vyverman, K. Sabbe, D.A. Hodgson & A. Wilmotte (2005) Exploration of cyanobacterial diversity in microbial mats of Antarctic lakes. JOINT EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING, Liège, Belgique, 4-8/07/2005.

Taton A., C. Schmocker, D.A. Hodgson & A. Wilmotte (2005) Molecular diversity of cyanobacteria in Antarctica. JOINT EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL ASTRONOMY MEETING, Liège, Belgique, 4-8/07/2005.

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Wilmotte Annick
Université de Liège
Département des sciences de la vie / Enzymologie
BAT. B6 Enzymologie
allée de la Chimie, 3 - 4000 Liège 1
awilmotte@ulg.ac.be
Phone: +32 4 3663856 - Fax: +32 4 3663364

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