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2023

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #20
Prof. Colin Dale (The University of Utah, USA)
“Utilizing Sodalis-allied symbionts to probe evolutionary and molecular questions in symbiosis”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #19
Prof. Ehab Abouheif(McGill University, Canada)
“How ants and bacteria became one”

2022

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #18
Dr. Philipp Engel(University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
“Specialized gut microbiota-host interactions in social bees”

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #17
Dr. Angad Mehta(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
“Directed endosymbiosis for evolutionary studies and synthetic biology”

The following paper was published in Nature Microbiology.
Koga R, Moriyama M, Onodera-Tanifuji N, Ishii Y, Takai H, Mizutani M, Oguchi K, Okura R, Suzuki S, Gotoh Y, Hayashi T, Seki M, Suzuki Y, Nishide Y, Hosokawa T, Wakamoto Y, Furusawa C, Fukatsu T. (2022) Single mutation makes Escherichia coli an insect mutualist. Nature Microbiology 7(8): 1141-1150.

The following video is uploaded to the YouTube channel “ERATO FUKATSU Evolving Symbiosis Project”.
“Symbiont-containing “egg-covering jelly” of urostylidid stinkbugs”

The following video is uploaded to the YouTube channel “ERATO FUKATSU Evolving Symbiosis Project”.
“Observation of live microbial cells using microfluidic devices”

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”

The following videos are uploaded to the YouTube channel “ERATO FUKATSU Evolving Symbiosis Project”.
“Gut bacterial symbiosis in stinkbugs”

“Intracellular symbiotic bacteria of aphids”

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”

2021

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

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #08
Prof. Thomas Bosch (University of Kiel, Germany)
“Spontaneous body wall contractions shape and stabilize the symbiotic microbiota in Hydra

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"

The following paper was published in PNAS.
Koga R, Tanahashi M, Nikoh N, Hosokawa T, Meng XY, Moriyama M, Fukatsu T (2021) Host’s guardian protein counters degenerative symbiont evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118 (25): e2103957118.

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"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #02
Dr. Mikhail Tikhonov (Washington Univ. St Louis, USA)
"Phenotypic plasticity across timescales: physiology, ecology and evolution"

ERATO Evolving Symbiosis Project International Seminar Series #01
Dr. Chih-Horng Kuo (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
"Evolutionary and Functional Genomics of Symbiotic Bacteria"

2020

2019

ERATO FUKATSU Evolving Symbiosis Project Kick-off Meeting (closed) is held at AIST Tsukuba Central, Ibaraki, Japan.