Co-Evolution of Host and Microbial Communities
All vertebrates as well as invertebrate organisms live in close association with unique, host-specific microbial communities. The complexity of this microbiota ranges between a handful of species to several hundred bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, which interact with each other and with its host. Co-association of microbiota and host confers mutual fitness benefits but causes harm, once out of balance. It is emerging that an increasing number of human diseases is caused by disturbances in the cross-talk of host and its microbiota. This workshop aims at highlighting the importance of analyzing microbial evolution to understand how resident microbial communities impact on human health and to deepen the insights into the evolution and functional relevance of host-associated microbial communities.
Teilnehmer sind u.a.: Mark Achtman (University of Warwick), Frank Maixner (eurac research, Bozen), Michael Schloter (Helmholtz Zentrum München).
Abendvortrag am 25. Juni um 18.30 Uhr:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bosch – "The Holobiont Imperative – Insights from Simple Metazoans"
Thomas Bosch ist Professor für Zell- und Entwicklungsbiologie und Direktor des Zoologischen Instituts der Universität zu Kiel.