Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The 2019 Conference will address one of the most urgent questions in microbiology: How can we employ what we have learned from the co-evolution of Earth with microbial life to address current challenges of the Anthropocene? Microbiomes impact nearly all (eco)systems on Earth. They govern the health and fitness of macrobes, including us, by forming “superorganisms”. It is only through an improved understanding of this co-evolution, the languages that govern the interactions, as well as community dynamics that we will be able to predict and control microbiomes for important environmental and human outcomes.

Range of research areas: synthetic biology, ecophysiology, postgenomic technologies, and touch upon philosophical aspects and theories for microbial ecology.

GRS-AEM 2019 will address the mechanisms and applications of microbial languages. Microbes commonly use small molecules or metabolites to coordinate behaviors and metabolisms, assemble into simple or complex communities, or mount a defense from intruders both in natural and built environments, or in human and non-human hosts. Designed for early career scientists, a mentoring session with established and renowned scientists will provide the ideal forum for exchanging knowledge, approaches, and information across disciplines and generations.

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