Name: Ruben Props
Date: October 15, 2018 17h00
August Vermeylen room
Microbial population and community dynamics in natural and managed freshwater systems: from methodology development to mechanistic insights
Natural and managed freshwater ecosystems are hotspots of biodiversity, biogeochemical cycling, and numerous societal services, all of which are threatened by global change. This research presents new insights into the microbial community ecology of both natural and managed freshwater systems by introducing a novel flow cytometry computational method to study their diversity, and by determining the genomic adaptations that abundant bacterial populations have evolved as a result of their freshwater habitat. Moreover, we extended the capabilities of our computational approach to detect microbial disturbances in drinking water microbial communities, and in Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater reservoirs worldwide, granting the possibility of real-time monitoring, with the ultimate goal of managing the water quality of these systems.
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