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 #16
Dr. Jillian Petersen (University of Vienna, Austria)
“In symbiosis since the Silurian: Ecology and evolution of host-microbe interactions in marine lucinid clams”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #15
Dr. Knut Drescher(University of Basel, Switzerland)
"Unicellular and multi-cellular stress responses in bacterial biofilms"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #14
Dr. Hassan Salem(Max-Planck Institute for Biology, Germany)
"Microbial determinants of folivory in beetles"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #13
Prof. Nancy Moran(University of Texas at Austin, USA)
"Evolution in Bacterial Gut Symbionts of Social Bees"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #12
Prof. Christian Kost (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
“On the evolution of mutualistic cooperation within microbial communities”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #11
Prof. Steve Perlman (University of Victoria, Canada)
“A tale of two symbionts: Hidden players in interactions between Drosophila and their nematode parasites”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #10
Dr. Mahesh Desai (Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg)
“Leveraging diet to engineer the gut microbiome”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #09
Prof. Alex Wilson (University of Miami, USA)
“The Host/Symbiont Interface”