Michael Sars-senteret


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Chatzigeorgiou group

Ascidian Facility

image of ciona underwater
Melanie Burford


The ascidian culture facility at the Sars Center consists of 36 large 110 liter tanks to culture up to 20,000 adult Ciona intestinalis. The culture system is supplied with continuously running filtered sea water with its temperature and flow rate computer-regulated throughout the year. The ascidian culture is supplemented with live algae produced daily within the facility.

Our group is studying the evolution and function of the nervous system in urochordates, using modern neurobiological and genetic toolkits
-Marios Chatzigeorgiou