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Laura Parfrey: Stability and host specificity in the seaweed microbiome

Nov 29, 2022
Join our invitational seminar!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
in the new MPI lecture hall 4012 at 3:00 p.m. (15:00 Uhr) (Don´t forget to bring a mask!!!)

Laura Parfrey (The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

will give a seminar with the title:

"Stability and host specificity in the seaweed microbiome"

You are welcome to join.

Lecture hall
Lecture hall

Stability and host specificity in the seaweed microbiome

Marine macroalgae are foundation species that are colonized by diverse and variable microbial communities. Microbes influence macroalgal health and ecosystem functioning. Manipulating the macroalgal microbiome may enhance the kelp cultivation for industrial and restoration purposes by modulating growth or enhancing resilience to environmental stressors. Yet, it is unclear how to efficiently design and implement strategies for microbiome manipulation. One approach is to focus on the core microbes (those that are consistently associated with a macroalgal host) as key targets because they are hypothesized to be more likely to influence host biology. However, the high variability and functional redundancy observed in the macroalgal microbiome mean that it is not clear how to define the core or whether such a concept is useful in this system. I will discuss work assessing the stability of the macroalgal microbiome over time at the individual and population level and show that although no bacteria are always present on our focal macroalgae, many are consistently associated across time and space.

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