A metagenomics approach to studying the evolution of wild microbes
A drop of seawater contains a wide representation of marine microbes from around the world. Population genetics studies could disclose more information about the ecology and evolution of marine microbes. Furthermore, investigating the evolutionary process of wild microbes in the natural environment provides findings that are different from those derived from laboratory experiments. This knowledge is essential for understanding how globally important microbes respond to climate change. The EU-funded WildE project aims to quantify the rate of evolution in natural assemblages of marine microbes by combining metagenomics and time-series analysis data. Exploring wild microbes could reveal novel evolutionary patterns emerging as a consequence of ecosystem complexity and global change. Moreover, it could provide hints on the impact of horizontal gene transfer, recombination and viral infections on the genome composition of different species.
Fields of science
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesbiological morphologycomparative morphology
- medical and health sciencesmedical biotechnologygenetic engineeringgene therapy
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesecologyecosystems
- natural sciencesearth and related environmental sciencesatmospheric sciencesclimatologyclimatic changes
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesgeneticsgenomes