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To study it we need a lab population. First, we need to find individuals. Crenobia is widespread in Europe, but has picky requirements: it needs clean, cold and oxygenated freshwater. Easy to find if you live in the Pyrenees. Problem: We live in Göttingen, at ~150 m elevation.  Can we find it here? Possible. We will sample springs in the area. [more]
This is what Miquel Vila Farré and Rick Kluiver recently found in Göttingen (Germany). Beautiful land planarians, probably from the genus Microplana, hidden under logs. The body section if circular, not flat! [more]
While culture conditions have been nicely optimised for the closest thing we have to a "model organism" Schmidtea mediterranea (thanks to the hard work of our wonderful community over the years) the situation is somewhat more difficult for the many “non-model non-model species” in our collection (such as the pictured Cura pinguis of south-east Australia).  [more]
Last week Hong-Yu Lee joined us as rotation student and we decided to celebrate her arrival with a nice BBQ outside the lab, of course, by respecting the MPI's corona safety rules. We are happy you arrived safely, Hong-Yu, and welcome to the lab! [more]
For a last time some of us went to the lab in Dresden to pack up boxes and to clean up - but we'll definitely come back for a proper goodbye - See ya Dresden! [more]
Planarians are free living animals of great regeneration ability”. Well, not always. Bdelloura candida, a marine triclad with limited regeneration ability is commensal of horseshoe crabs. Its adhesive disk attaches to hosts, petri dishes…  [more]
During my vacation I had the privilege to search for land-planarias in the large rainforest-hall Gondwanaland, belonging to the Zoo of Leipzig. [more]
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