The hidden language of interactions at sea
As microorganisms grow and die they constantly produce and receive a bouquet of chemical signals. Many of these chemicals, termed “infochemicals”, convey specific functional information on the trophic status, cell fate and life history of the producing microorganisms, and are thus involved in the complex web of microbial interactions in the ocean. Infochemicals can mediate a wide range of biological interactions, such as predator-prey, allelopathy, mate selection and host-pathogen interactions.
The recent advances in the fields of analytical chemistry, microscale fluid dynamics and cell biology, combined with the wealth of emerging “omics” resources, now provide an unprecedented opportunity to understand the role of chemical signaling and metabolic exchange in structuring aquatic microbial populations and their possible large scale impact on the flow of nutrients in the marine environment.
We are pleased to announce that we are organizing a webinar series:
M2C2 2021 - Marine Microbial Chemical Communication 2021
This series will bring together an interdisciplinary group of oceanographers, chemical ecologists, cell biologists, biochemists and microbiologists to discuss the progress and outstanding challenges in this exciting field. We hope that this inter-disciplinary forum will foster international collaborations and build a scientific community that will advance the field of microbial chemical ecology.
Each webinar will highlight the work of one lab, whose members will present their current interests and projects in the field of chemical communication.
The webinars will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. They are free of charge and will not include advertisements of any kind.