Tales from the GALS
Majestic marine worms under the microscope
Among the coastal creatures collected by the Marine Biological Association for the Darwin Tree of Life project are a staggering variety of marine worms. We get the close up on 14 fascinating species.
Priest Pot: A seldom-studied protist paradise
Scientists hadn’t surveyed the microscopic creatures in this cut-off Cumbrian pond for a decade. DToL plunged in to sample its genomic riches.
Snail hunting in the dark sea caves of Wales
Guided by intrepid snail experts, the DToL team at the Marine Biological Association ventured into Pembrokeshire’s sea caves, collecting - and even naming - several tiny marine species.
Lineus longissimus: Marine medicines from the ribbon worm
The world's longest animal, and very slimy - researchers hope that the genomes of these worms will help uncover new chemical compounds.
Blazing the apple trail in Edinburgh
The secrets of apple evolution were revealed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's Harvest Festival - plus our work sequencing genomes of the wild crabapple and its domestic descendants.
Eimeria: The chicken parasite costing farmers billions
By sequencing the genome of this single-celled coccidian parasite, scientists hope to develop better vaccines to protect poultry from a disease causing severe diarrhoea and death.
School Fly Trap: Students find world's smallest wasp in their playground
The children were extremely excited to open their malaise traps and find several hundred flying insects, representing at least 100 species.
How one DToL scientist raised four robin chicks
The pressures of managing deliveries of organism samples to the Sanger Institute didn't prepare Radka Platte for avian motherhood.
Sequencing the earthworms of Wytham Woods
What is it like collecting specimens in the field for DToL? Earthworm specialist Keiron Derek Brown describes his experience and the results of a trip to Wytham Woods.
A Living Treasure of Protist Diversity
CCAP, based near Oban, is helping DToL collect and isolate different strains of algae and protozoa. But most of team's time is taken up maintaining the 3000-plus strains kept in their public collection
Lichens have a certain reputation…
Many find lichens ‘difficult’. Rebecca Yahr, at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, prefers the term ‘fascinating’, perhaps because she still gets to answer seemingly basic questions with “I don’t know!”
The Weird and Wonderful World of Protists: an interview…
Dr Sally Warring’s first few months at Earlham Institute have been a little out of the ordinary – especially after arriving in the UK from New York in the midst of an accelerating global pandemic. But for someone who studies an unusual group of organisms called protists, extraordinary is the norm.
All Things Fun-GAL
Fungi are some of the least known and mysterious organisms on Earth.
Being a Bryophyte GAL
Being a part of the Darwin Tree of Life project, genome sequencing the multicellular organisms of an entire island archipelago, has involved a major shift in the way we think and talk about the plants that we work on
A Moth in the Tree of Life at Sanger
The life of a sample at the Tree of Life labs at the Wellcome Sanger Institute starts with an email forewarning us