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Bridging the evolutionary gap between unicellular endosymbiotic cyanobacteria and organelles

Project description

Lessons in evolution from endosymbiosis involving algal hosts and bacterial long-term ‘guests’

Eukaryotic cells are complex miniature factories consisting of compartmentalised operations in membrane-bound organelles, among them mitochondria and chloroplasts. These energy powerhouses were likely prokaryotes that were engulfed by eukaryotes at some point, forming a symbiotic relationship. Such relationships are critical to evolution, yet the mechanisms remain largely a mystery. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the UCYNELLE project is studying a recently discovered symbiosis between a bacterium and algae. A combination of experimental and field studies, genomics and metabolic rate versus cell size comparisons could shed light on the mechanisms of symbiosis and the acquisition of small organelles in eukaryotes.

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 160 932,48
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00