What’s the nature of symbiosis?

PROJECT

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project aims at bringing about breakthroughs in our understanding of symbiosis, by making use of our novel insect-E. coli and mammal-E. coli experimental symbiotic systems, and also by applying the recent genome engineering technologies, thereby focusing on the diversity and commonality of the symbiotic mechanisms encompassing invertebrates and vertebrates.

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MESSAGE

Here we are aiming at achieving an ultimate form of understanding of the evolution of symbiosis by experimentally establishing symbiotic associations between the model bacterium, E. coli, and invertebrate and vertebrate model animals, insects and mice, thereby observing, describing and analyzing the processes and mechanisms of the real-time symbiotic evolution in detail.

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RESEARCH GROUPS

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NEWS

News list

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #07.
Dr. John Beckmann(Auburn University, USA)
“Mechanisms of reproductive parasitism: How CI operons function, evolve, jump, and die”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #06.
Prof. John McCutcheon (Arizona State Univ., USA)
"The origins and endpoints of cell-in-cell symbioses"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #05.
Prof. Martin Kaltenpoth (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany)
"Symbiotic microbes as driving forces of evolutionary innovation in beetles"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #04.
Prof. Kayla King (Univ. Oxford, UK)
"Microbial protection against infection: an evolutionary perspective"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #03.
Prof. John Glass (J. Craig Venter Institute, USA)
"Design, construction, and analysis of a synthetic minimal bacterial cell"