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Protistology is a scientific discipline devoted to the study of protists, a highly diverse group of eukaryotic organisms. Its field of study overlaps with more traditional disciplines of phycology, mycology, and protozoology, just as protists, which, being a paraphyletic group embrace algae, some organisms regarded previously as primitive fungi, and protozoa ("animal" motile protists lacking chloroplasts).


As the term "protozoology" has become dated as our understanding of the evolutionary relationships of the eukaryotes has improved, the term "protistology" become more common. For example, the Society of Protozoologists, founded in 1947, was renamed International Society of Protistologists in 2005. However, the older term persists in some cases (e.g., the Polish journal Acta Protozoologica).

Journals and societies[edit]

Dedicated academic journals include:[1]

Other less specialized journals, important to protistology before the appearance of the more specialized:

Some societies:

Notable protistologists (sorted by alphabetical order of surnames)[edit]

The field of protistology was idealized by Haeckel, but its widespread recognition is more recent. In fact, many of the researchers cited below considered themselves as protozoologists, phycologists, mycologists, microbiologists, microscopists, parasitologists, limnologists, biologists, naturalists, zoologists, botanists, etc., but made significant contributions to the field.


  1. ^ Wolf M., Hausmann K. (2001). "Protozoology from the perspective of science theory: history and concept of a biological discipline" (PDF). Linzer Biol. Beitr. 33: 461–488.
  2. ^ "Protist". Elsevier. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1550-7408. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Acta Protozoologica (International Journal of Protozoology)". Jagiellonian University Press. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  5. ^ "European Journal of Protistology". Elsevier. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Journal of Protistology". J-STAGE. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Protistology, an international journal". Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  8. ^ "New President's Address". Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  9. ^ Taylor, F. J. R. 'M. (2003). "The collapse of the two-kingdom system, the rise of protistology and the founding of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP)". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 53 (6): 1707–1714. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.02587-0. PMID 14657097.

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