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07.11.2018 18:00 - 19:00 o'clock

MiCoCo: An inordinate fondness for symbionts: mutualist-provided defense, digestion and desiccation tolerance in Beetles

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth, Evolutionary Ecology Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

Symbiotic associations with microbes are important driving forces of evolutionary innovation. The hyperdiverse insect order Coleoptera, the beetles, are associated with an astounding diversity of symbionts that provide a wide range of functional benefits to their hosts. Highlighting a few selected beetle-microbe associations, I will report on novel findings of symbiont-provided antibiotic defense, microbe-enabled digestion of plant material, and symbiont-mediated adaptation to the abiotic environment. These examples are intended to show the impact of symbionts on niche expansion and diversification in beetles, but also provide insights into life-style switches from parasitism to mutualism in bacteria as well as the process of extreme genome reduction beyond the well-known intracellular symbioses.

Date: Nov 7, 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location: Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal)

All interested are cordially invited!

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