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Marine Microbes
July 13-18, 2008
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Lucca (Barga), Italy

Marine microbes are very abundant and diverse. They play significant roles in all element cycles, both quantitatively and qualitatively. However, they are little known, as the continuous series of surprising discoveries in the last few years shows. In the present conference the main focus will be on how these microbes interact: with other cells of their own species, with other microbes and with large living beings, from biofilms to symbiants. Another important topic will be the exploration of marine microbial diversity based on the recently developed sequencing approaches and on efforts to obtain marine organisms in pure cultures.

This conference will be the third in the Marine Microorganisms series. We hope it will contribute to enlarge the community of marine microbiologists and help in pointing the future directions of research even more than the two previous meetings.


SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMICROBIAL OCEANOGRAPHY
Discussion Leader: David L. Kirchman (University of Delaware, DL, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmPaul G. Falkowski (Rutgers University, NJ, USA)
"How frozen metabolic accidents constrain the core evolution of microbes"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmSimonetta Gribaldo (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
"The hidden viral reservoir"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmDIVERSITY 1: DIVERSITY AT LARGE SCALES
Discussion Leader: Slava Epstein (Northeastern University, MA, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 amSangHoon Lee (Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute, Korea)
"Frozen genes from the past in Antarctic glacier"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:20 amMitchell L. Sogin (Josephine Bay Paul Center, MBL, Woods Hole, MA, USA)
"Population structure of microbial communities in the Worlds Oceans"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmDouglas B. Rusch (J Craig Venter Institute, MA, USA)
"The Global Global Ocean Survey"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmINTERACTIONS AT GLOBAL SCALES
Discussion Leader: Jed A. Fuhrman (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
5:30 pm - 6:20 pmMatthew B. Sullivan (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA)
"How viruses manipulate microbial biogeochemical cycles in the global oceans"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:20 pmMichael Steinke (University of Essex, Colchester, UK)
"Grazing-induced production of biogenic gases and their possible role in marine trophic interactions"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmINTERACTIONS AT THE SINGLE CELL LEVEL
Discussion Leader: Roman Stocker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cambridge, MA, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 amJames G. Mitchell (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
"Ambush in the ocean: the role of chemotaxis in nutrient exchange between individual plankton"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 amHans-Peter Grossart (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Stechlin-Neuglobsow, Germany)
"Bacterial interactions upon attachment to particles"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmRoberto Kolter (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA)
"Chemical mediators of interspecies interactions"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmDIVERSITY 2: POPULATIONS AND DYNAMICS
Discussion Leader: James T. Hollibaugh (University of Georgia, GA, USA)
5:30 pm - 6:20 pmLaura A. Katz (Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA)
"Phylogeography of coastal ciliates: estimates of biodiversity and effective population sizes"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:20 pmBirgitta Bergman (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
"Cellular dynamics during diazocyte development in Trichodesmium IMS101"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmANTAGONISTIC INTERACTIONS
Discussion Leader: Lisa Campbell (Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)
9:00 am - 9:50 amEsther Garcés (Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)
"Parasitism in dinoflagellates and sex"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 amGordon Wolfe (California State University Chico, Chico, CA, USA)
"Chemical Signals Mediating Trophic Interactions among Planktonic Protists: From Cell Biology to Ecology"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmEdna Granéli (University of Kalmar, Sweden)
"Connection between microalgae toxicity: allelopathy and mixotrophy"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMUTUALISTIC INTERACTIONS 1: MICROBES WITH MICROBES
Discussion Leader: Daniel Vaulot (Station Biologique de Roscoff, France)
5:30 pm - 6:20 pmAlban Ramette (MPI for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany)
"Methane seeps as a natural laboratory to study single-cell to community level dynamics"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:20 pmRebecca J. Gast (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA)
"Pathogenic and non-pathogenic endosymbionts of amoebae"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmDIVERSITY 3: WALKING ACROSS SPECIES BORDERS
Discussion Leader: Connie Lovejoy (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:50 amMarina Montresor (Stazione Zoologica 'A. Dohrn', Napoli, Italy)
"Diatom life cycles: insights and challenges"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:20 amMartin F. Polz (Massachussets Institute of Technology, MA, USA)
"Bacterial Speciation by Ecological Specialization"
11:20 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:20 pmÅke Hagström (University of Kalmar, Sweden)
"Pathogenicity islands a link between marine bacteria and human pathogens?"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMUTUALISTIC INTERACTIONS 2: MICROBES WITH ANIMALS
Discussion Leader: Linda L. Blackall (Australian Institute of Marine Science, QLD, Australia)
5:30 pm - 6:20 pmNicole Dubilier (MPI for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany)
"Chemosynthetic symbionts of marine invertebrates: from metagenomics to the environment"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:20 pmMichael Wagner (University of Vienna, Austria)
"Diversity and ecophysiology of microorganisms within sponges"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
8:00 pmDinner
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart

 
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