research with amoebae is concerned with the production of novel
antibacterial compounds derived from amoebal products, and the biology of
two groups of marine amoebae. One group are Cyst forming, Semi-
Marine AmoeboFlagellates (C-SMAFs) within
the Vahlkampfiidae, the other are very small limax amoebae with a tendency
to transform into a flabellate morphology (Dimorphamoeba).
These are to be found in supra-littoral rock pools where the conditions
require amoebae to be able to withstand increased salinity and desiccation
through evaporation, and decreased salinity through rain. As well as
substantial changes in temperature. Until this work, only one member
of this group (Heteramoeba clara) was known and I have discovered
many more very different amoeba within this group. It seems that the
supra-littoral zone may host a hitherto unknown biodiversity of specialist
forming, Semi- Marine AmoeboFlagellates (C-SMAFs)
A new genera of small amoebo-flagellates.
of Heteramoeba clara.
of Naegleria gruberi.
Ltd, A small biotech company producing novel antibiotic compounds
derived from amoebal products.