The International Society of Protistologists and The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology conferred the 2014 William Trager Award on: H. J. Jeong, S. Y. Lee, N. S. Kang, Y. D. Yoo, A. S. Lim, M. J. Lee, H. S. Kim, W. Yih, H. Yamashita & T. C. LaJeunesse for publishing the highest impact article entitled: “Genetics and morphology characterize the dinoflagellate Symbodinium voratum, n. sp. (Dinophyceae) as the sole representative of Symbodinium Clade E” (vol. 61, Issue 1, pp. 75-94). The study by Jeong et al. reports the study of strains of Symbodinium sp. clade E from different costal regions in the Pacific Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Using genetic and morphological data the authors provided evidence that Symbodinium voratum is the sole representative of Symbodinium Clade E. Interestingly, they also characterized the first complete thecal plate organization of the mastigote life stage and provided information on chromosome number of this dinoflagellate.
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