Project

Study of bacterial communities in aquatic systems: a metacommunity approach

Duration
01 January 2009 → 30 December 2011
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
Keywords
metacomummunity biology microbial biogegraphy bacterial communities dispersal limitation
 
Project description

There is a vivid debate on the relative importance of local and regional factors in shaping microbial communities, and on whether microbial organisms show a biogeographic signature in their distribution. Previous research has shown that species sorting along environmental gradients is very efficient in bacterial communities over a broad range of dispersal rates. This hypothesis will be validated in two independent field studies over a wide range of spatial scales (South America, Antarctica en sub-Antarctica).