Our research on complex microbial communities is conducted within four main topics:
Microbes play vital roles including recycling of compounds in nature and in human and animal health. Despite the ability to live as single cells, bacteria and fungi have evolved over billions of years to engage in multicellular networks dominated by complex interactions. Nevertheless, the majority of research, as well as approaches in bio-based production, have focused on single species of bacteria.
At SECTION OF MICROBIOLOGY, we are working to understand and exploit this immense adaptive potential of natural microbial communities using cutting-edge molecular techniques. Our research is based on a holistic perception of the microorganisms as integrated members of complex microbial communities shaped by their physico-chemical microenvironment, and by social community interactions.
Section of Microbiology
The spread of plasmids carrying antimicrobial resistance or other undesirable functions has come under increased scrutiny in recent years.
Studies performed by our group have had a substantial contribution to our current knowledge on horizontal gene transfer in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
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