Endosymbiotic bacteria in coenocytic green algae - exploration of a partnership.

External promotor(s): 
O. De Clerck
Staff Extern: 
Joke Hollants

Endosymbiotic bacteria are reported to be of common occurrence in coenocytic green algae and may be associated with various metabolic functions. In Bryopsis bacteria are present at every stage of development including the gametes, indicating that the endosymbionts are vertically transmitted. In this project we aim to study the association between coenocytic algae and their bacterial endosymbionts to identify the bacterial partner(s) and assess possible co-evolution. We will study the role of the bacterial partner, the degree of inter-dependency and how bacteria are recruited from the environment.

Run time: 
01/01/2008 to 31/12/2011
Project titel (NL): 
Endosymbiotische bacteriƫn in coenoctyische groene algen - exploratie van een partnerschap.
Project omschrijving (NL): 

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