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Uncovering microbial diversity in a local freshwater ecosystem

October 16th 2023 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Dr Sarah Duxbury, University of Warwick

Microbes frequently exist together as communities across environments as diverse as the human body to natural environments. What drives microbial diversity in the natural world? How can we study microbial ecosystems in the lab? Although some microbes cause disease, many others are important in sustaining life on Planet Earth. Photosynthesising cyanobacteria were the first oxygen-generating organisms and account for approximately 50% of global primary production. Cyanobacteria, whilst technically unicellular, can build multi-cellular structures such as sticky balls and mats, home also to a variety of other types of bacteria. How do microbes communicate with each other and cycle nutrients? This talk will present findings from a laboratory-maintained microbial macro-structure, cultured from the local freshwater reservoir Draycote Water.

Sarah Duxbury is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences at University of Warwick, with a background in the ecology and evolution of pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbes, their antimicrobial resistance and formation of multi-species communities.  

St Patricks Irish Club

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Leamington Spa, CV31 3PW

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