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05.07.2017 18:00 - 19:00 o'clock

MiCoCo: Adventures in Microbial Synthetic Ecology on the Path Towards Evolution

Lecturer: Dr. Erik Hom, Department of Biology, The University of Mississippi, USA

My lab is interested in understanding the rules of the game for how microbes symbiose or interact in a persistent fashion and form stable communities that perform specified functions.  Of particular interest is how such microbial interactions first form and evolve, and the role of the physicochemical environment in influencing these processes.  This seminar will be in two parts.  First, I will describe a suite of obligate mutualisms that I created between free-living fungi and algae based on a simple carbon:nitrogen metabolic exchange circuit.  I will present the logic of my approach and share some results exploring the robustness, dynamics, and phylogenetically breadth of this capacity for mutualism.  I will also describe our early collaborative work to discover fungal-algal interactions in the wild.  Second, I will briefly describe our current efforts to elucidate the activity and nature of a marine cyanobacterium culture that produces secondary metabolites of therapeutic value.

Date: July 5, 2017

Time: 7 pm

Location: Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal)

All interested are cordially invited!

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