Marine Research

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, DE

Bottle of seawater with visible micro algae (green specks) and millions of invisible bacteria.

Aim: In­ves­ti­ga­te how the taxonomic and func­tio­nal di­ver­si­ty of ma­ri­ne micro­organisms af­fects the bac­te­ri­al­ly me­dia­ted carbon tur­no­ver in the Oceans.

Basic research questions:

  • Which bacteria degrade sugars in the oceans?
  • What mechanisms do they use to do this?
  • How do they compete for similar sugars?

Rumen Research

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB, CA

Ruminates ready to do science

Aim: Investigate prebiotic functional enhancements of rumen microbiomes.

Basic research questions:

  • How do prebiotics, such as dietary glycans, affect rumen microbiomes?
  • Can we visualise specific functional responses of rumen bacteria in vivo?
  • Can we use alternative feed source in livestock, such as seaweed, and do they have a prebiotic effect on rumen microbiomes?

Method Developments

Everywhere and anywhere.

Cluster of bacterial cells showing a specific function..
The cell signal is created through their specific uptake of a fluorescently labeled polysaccharides (FLA-PS).

Microbiologists are in the business of describing and explaining the great diversity of microbial life that lives in every kind of habitat. I believe that the most elegant way of doing this is by using images.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words.

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