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Trade, Borrow, or Steal: How acquired metabolism creates ecological opportunity and fuels evolutionary innovation

Event details of IBED Seminar by dr. Holly Moeller
Date 26 January 2023
Time 17:00
Location Science Park 904
Room C0.110


Dr. Holly Moelle (Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, UC Santa Barbara, USA)


While biologists typically think of an organism's metabolism as hard-wired in its DNA, in reality a vast array of species gain access to additional forms of metabolism through interactions with other species. This acquired metabolism can be obtained through interactions ranging from mutualism to predation, creating opportunities for niche expansion and, ultimately, evolutionary diversification. I'll focus on two examples of acquired metabolism--tree-fungal mutualisms and chloroplast-stealing marine microbes--to illustrate how these metabolic exchanges create and maintain diversity on our planet.

Science Park 904

Room C0.110

Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam