OCEANUS SEMINAR SERIES | Matti Gralka | 24 Mar | 14h30


Title: Using complex synthetic communities to study marine microbial ecology


Name: Matti Gralka


In the ocean, organic particles harbor diverse bacterial communities which collectively digest and recycle essential nutrients. So far, we lack principles that help us understand how bacteria interact to drive particle degradation, and how these interactions are shaped by the environment. We approach this problem by combining high-throughput growth characterization of a large number of isolates with complex synthetic community assembly experiments. In this talk, I will focus on two specific questions: How is the trophic network of chitin-degrading communities organized, and how does carbon concentration shape community assembly? In both cases, we utilize genomic information and growth phenotypes to assign function to individual community members, highlighting the value of synthetic communities in microbial ecology.


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