Host-Virus Interactions in Marine Cyanobacteria: Ecology, Physiology and Genome Evolution
Unicellular marine cyanobacteria of the genera Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus are of great ecological importance. As primary producers they contribute significantly to global primary production, influence the quality of our atmosphere and are at the base of the oceanic food web. Viruses are one of the major factors influencing cyanobacteria, affecting their physiology, ecology and evolution.
In our lab we investigate cyanobacterial-virus interactions, studying the physiological struggle between host and virus during infection as well as the ecological and evolutionary outcomes resulting from their encounter. In our work we combine oceanographic field sampling, laboratory experimentation on ecologically relevant model systems and state-of-the-art molecular technologies.