Research

Center for Freshwater Ecology

Research Group of Taxonomy and Ecology of Protozoa

 
 

PI: Prof. HUANG Jie

Members: Ass. Prof. Weisong FENG, Dr. Yingchun GONG, Dr. Qingyun YAN  

Contact Us:  

Tel:86-27-68780773  

E-mail: yhyu@ihb.ac.cn 

General Introduction:  

The Research Group of Taxonomy and Ecology of Protozoa was evolved from the well-reputed Group of Zooplankton, which was founded by Prof. WANG Jiaji (CAS member) in the 1930s, and then developed by Prof. SHEN Yunfen (CAS member) et al.  

Its main focus is to study the taxonomy and phylogeny of freshwater protozoa and provide data for recovering a credible systematics of this group. Meanwhile, it extends its research to explore the diversity, function and ecology of microbial communities (eukaryotes and prokaryotes) in freshwater environments.  

Over the past two decades, with the advent of PCR-DGGE and high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technology, researchers from this group conducted integrative studies of both macro-ecosystems and micro-ecosystems. 

Recent Publications (SCI):  

1. Yan QY, Yu YH, Feng WS, Pan G, Chen H, Chen J, Yang B, Li XM, Zhang X. 2009. Plankton community succession in artificial systems subjected to cyanobacterial blooms removal using chitosan-modified soils. Microbial Ecology, 58(1): 47-55.  

2. Wu L, Yu YH, Feng WS, et al. 2009. Genetic diversity of the plankton community and its relation to taxonomic composition and environmental factors in lake Xiliang. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 24(1): 125-134.  

3. Wu L, Yu YH, Zhang TL, Feng WS, Zhang X, Li W. 2009. PCR-DGGE fingerprinting analysis of plankton communities and its relationship to lake trophic status. International Review of Hydrobiology,(in press)  

4. Yu YH, Yan QY, Feng WS. 2008. Spatiotemporal heterogeneity of plankton communities in Lake Donghu, China, as revealed by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and its relation to biotic and abiotic factors. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 63(3): 328-337.  

5. Yan QY, Yu YH, Feng WS, Yu ZG, Chen HT. 2008. Plankton community composition in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region revealed by PCR-DGGE and its relationships with environmental factors. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 20(6): 732-738. 

6. Chen XJ, Feng WS, Miao W, Yu YH, et al. 2008. A microcalorimetric assay of tetrahymena thermophila for assessing tributyltin acute toxicity. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 94(3): 779-784.  

7. Chen XJ, Feng WS, Yu YH, et al. 2008. Studies on the toxic effects of La3+ to Tetrahymena thermophila by microcalorimetry. Biological Trace Element Research, 123(1-3): 242-249.  

8. Wu L, Feng WS, Yu YH, Shen YF. 2007. Temporal and spatial variations in the species composition, distribution, and abundance of protozoa in East Dongting lake, China. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 22(4): 655-665.  

9. Yan QY, Yu YH, Feng WS, Deng WN, Song XH. 2007. Genetic diversity of plankton community as depicted by PCR-DGGE fingerprinting and its relation to morphological composition and environmental factors in Lake Donghu. Microbial Ecology, 54(2): 290-297. 

10. Gong YC, Yu YH, Zhu FY, Feng WS. 2007. Molecular phylogeny of Stentor (Ciliophora: Heterotrichea) based on small subunit ribosomal RNA sequences. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 54(1): 45-48.  

11. Chen XJ, Feng WS, Miao W, Shen YF, Yu YH. 2007. Effects of ytterbium ion on the growth, metabolism and membrane fluidity of Tetrahymena thermophila. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 89(3): 835-839.  

12. Yan QY, Yu YH, Feng WS, Zhang WJ. 2006. DNA polymorphism of the plankton community and its relationships to species composition in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region of the Yangtze River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology,21: 385-391.  

13. Yan QY, Yu YH, Feng WS. 2006. Genetic fingerprinting of plankton community provides new insights in aquatic ecology. Progress in Natural Science, 16(9): 893-898.  

14. Gong YC, Yu YH, Villalobo E, Zhu FY, Miao W. 2006. Reevaluation of the phylogenetic relationship between Mobiline and Sessiline Peritrichs (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea) based on sequences of 18S small subunit rRNA genes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 53(5): 397-403.  

15. Zhang WJ, Yang J, Yu YH, Shu SW, Shen YF. 2006. Population genetic structure of Carchesium polypinum (Ciliophora: Peritrichia) in four Chinese lakes inferred from ISSR fingerprinting: high diversity but low differentiation. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 53(5): 358-363.   

16. Chen XJ, Miao W, Liu Y, Shen YF, Feng WS, Yu T, Yu YH. 2006. Microcalorimetry as a possible tool for phylogenetic studies of Tetrahymena. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 84(2): 429-433.  

17. Chen XJ, Feng WS, Shen YF, Liu Y, Miao W, Yu YH. 2005. Application of polyurethane foam units and calorimetry to microbial monitoring in Lake Donghu. Thermochimica Acta, 438 (1-2): 63-69.  

18. Zhang WJ, Yang J, Yu YH, Shen YF. 2005. Identification, cloning, and characterization of microsatellite DNA in Euglena gracilis. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 52(4): 356-359.  

19 Gong YC, Yu YH, Feng WS, Shen YF. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships among Trichodinidae (Ciliophora: Peritricha) derived from the characteristic values of denticles. Acta Protozoologica, 44: 237-243.  

20. Yu YH, Feng WS, Shen YF, Ye ZH, Wang MH. 2005. Use of microbial community to evaluate performance of a wetland system in treating Pb/Zn mine drainage. Environmental Management, 36(6): 842-848.  

21. Shi XL, Warren A, Yu YH, Shen YF. 2004. Infraciliature and myoneme system of Campanella umbellaria (Protozoa, Ciliophora, Peritrichida). Journal of Morphology, 261: 43-51.  

22. Miao W, Feng WS, Yu YH, Zhang XY, Shen YF. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships of the subclass Peritrichia (Oligohymenophorea, Ciliophora) inferred from small subunit rRNA gene sequences. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 51(2): 180-186. 

23. Miao W, Yu YH, Zhang XY, Shen YF. 2004. Intraspecific phylogeography of Carchesium polypinum (Peritricha, Ciliophora) from China, inferred from 18S-ITS1-5.8S ribosomal DNA. Science in China Series C-Life Sciences, 1: 11-17. 

24. Zhao YF, Yu YH, Feng WS, Shen YF. Growth and production of free-living heterotrophic nanoflagellates in eutrophic lake-Lake Donghu, Wuhan, China. Hydrobiologia, 2003, 498(1-3):85-95.  

25. Miao W, Yu YH, Shen YF, Zhang XY. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships among six species of Epistylis inferred from 18S-ITS1 sequences. Science in China Series C-Life Sciences, 45 (3): 280-288. 

26. Miao W, Yu YH, Shen YF. 2001. Phylogenetic relationships of the subclass Peritrichia (Ciliophora) with the emphasis on the genus Epistylis, inferred from small subunit rRNA gene sequences. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 48(5): 583-587.