The role of photoheterotrophic and chemoautotrophic prokaryotes in the microbial food web in terrestrial Antarctica: a cultivation approach combined with functional analysis

01 January 2012 → 31 December 2017
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
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
cultivation phototropy bacterial community
Project description

We will study the diversity of key genes in mechanisms for CO2 fixation and for exploiting solar energy by bacteria. A large-scale isolation campaign from selected terrestrial Antarctic samples will be performed to obtain bacterial cultures that harbor these alternative mechanisms and use these organisms to experimentally test hypotheses with regard to their role in the community.