Endosymbiotic bacteria in coenocytic green algae - exploration of a partnership

01 January 2008 → 30 December 2013
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
endosymbiosis endosymbiotic bacteria chlorophyta
Project description

Endosymbiotic bacteria are of common occurrence in coenocytic green algae and may be associated with various metabolic functions. We aim to study the association between coenocytic algae and their bacterial endosymbionts. We will identify the bacterial partner(s), assess possible co-evolution, study the role of the bacterial partner, the degree of inter-dependency and how bacteria are recruited from the environments.