CRC 1182 Talk – Prof. Dr. Torsten Thomas (University of Sydney, Australia) 13.09.2018

Invited guest speaker of the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

Thursday, September 13th 2018, 13:15

GEOMAR, Düsternbrooker Weg 20, Lecture Hall

As guest of the CRC 1182

Prof. Dr. Torsten Thomas

University of Sydney, Australia

Talks about:

“Novel functional and molecular diversity in the sponge-microbe symbiosis”


Sponges are crucial members of the marine benthos and contain a stunning taxonomic diversity of microorganisms, whose functional properties remaining large unknown. This has limited our understanding of how microbes interact with sponges and how they contribute to essential ecological functions, such as nutrient recycling. Recent technical advances now provide opportunities to describe the functionality of sponge-associated microbes and here I will present recent findings on novel mechanisms of molecular interactions and metabolic properties of previously undescribed microbial taxa.