Why do toxic cyanobacteria bloom? A gene to ecosystem approach
About the project
Our goal is to understand the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms triggering cyanoHABs within a lake ecosystem and its food-web, and develop predictive models of these events. We are addressing the potential hypotheses about the mechanisms triggering cyanoHABs with a holistic approach: Collecting information from genes and metabolites to population, community and ecosystem dynamics, and integrating all of this information into theoretical mechanistic models of cyanoHABs. Our interdisciplinary approach has high potential to provide robust inference through the application of joint empirical approaches (monitoring, controlled experiments), data assimilation and theory, which assure inference of mechanisms and accelerate progress compared to purely disciplinary studies.
- Deepthi Vinod finished her internship with usDeepthi was a master student and now an intern with David Johnson for a couple of months. As a biotechnologist and aspiring microbial ecologist, she was working on knocking out a toxic gene (mcy) from Microcystis aeruginosa. We were veryContinue reading “Deepthi Vinod finished her internship with us”
- We are online!On March 4th 2022, we kicked off our exciting new interdisciplinary project named CyanoBloom. We discussed science; how to efficiently share data, ideas and findings; we set goals for the first year; got to know each other and of courseContinue reading “We are online!”