Savannah, Ga. – In the battlefield of the microbial ocean, scientists have known for some time that certain bacteria can exude chemicals that kill single-cell marine plants, known as phytoplankton. However, the identification of these chemical compounds and the reason why bacteria are producing these lethal compounds has been challenging.
From the ASM blog: To address the major areas that may be affected by changing microbial processes, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Geophysical Union convened a Colloquium in March 2016. Bringing together expert representatives from the two communities enabled a discussion to examine a number of important issues across scientific disciplines. This is the first collaboration between the two scientific societies, whose combined worldwide members number over 115,000, on this important topic. “Microbes drive essential transformations in all global elemental cycles.
Athens, Ga. – A $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow University of Georgia researchers to uncover answers about an important metabolic link that takes place in the Earth’s oceans.
Microorganisms in the largest microbial habitat on Earth, the ocean microbiome, function similarly to microorganisms in the human gut; they perform chemical transformations that keep the whole system healthy.
Marine Sciences faculty member Mary Ann Moran has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity program, along with co-PIs William Whitman in the Department of Microbiology, Ron Kiene at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and Jim Birch and Chris Scholin at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. This project will explore the regulation of organic sulfur metabolism in marine bacteria and its effects on the emission of climate-relevant sulfur gas to the atmosphere.