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Microbial Conlonization in Confined Chaotic Mixtures

Project description

3D imaging of subsurface bacterial habitats

Bacteria that reside under the surface of the earth play an instrumental role in biogeochemical cycles. They have also been exploited for bioremediation and the management of water resources. The EU-funded MicroMix project is interested to study the natural environment and community dynamics of subsurface bacteria. Researchers are working under the hypothesis that nutrient distribution in these habitats follows a chaotic rather than homogeneous pattern. They have built a novel bioreactor system for imaging the chemical landscapes and bacterial colonies in 3D porous media such as those encountered in the natural habitat of subsurface bacteria. Results will unveil important aspects of bacterial growth and colonisation under different conditions.


Net EU contribution
€ 196 707,84
Rue Du Thabor 2
35065 Rennes Cedex

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Bretagne Bretagne Ille-et-Vilaine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00