Social Interactions in Microbial Communities
This project aims to provide fundamental insight into the general principles of microbial evolution through a detailed study of social interactions in complex microbail communities.
The investigation focus on social interactions amongst bacterial cells in multispecies consortia, including biofilms. The key role in bacterial evolution of plasmids as carriers of social traits and their possible altruistic activity is investigated to reveal evolutionary mechanisms promoting plasmid maintenance and dissemination. The evolutionary conflicts between coexistent antibiotic resistant and sensitive bacteria is studied as a model for production of public goods. High-throughput cell sorting and omics technologies is applied to elucidate principles of social microbialevolution and its relevans to everyday situations in homes, hospitals and industry.
This project aims to provide fundamental insight into the general background and principles of molecular evolution via detailed studies of interactions in complex microbial populations.
This project is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Natural Sciences with an award for 5,711,904 DKK, and will run from 01.07.2013 to 31.12.2016.