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Plenary Lecture 5: Engineering microbial community architecture to set community metabolism

Wednesday 26th November 2014 - 16:20 to 16:55
INI Seminar Room 1
The composition of a microbial community is a major indicator of a community’s metabolic potential. However, the spatial structure of that community, imposed or inherently present, can dictate its extant activity. We are keen to explore how we can steer the spatial structure of open and synthetic microbial communities to select or stabilize a target community metabolism from its constituent members. I will provide experimental and computational insights in our efforts to engineer spatially structured communities to generate redox-stratified biofilms for autotrophic nitrogen removal. These communities can provide test grounds for ecological enquiries and building blocks for technological applications.
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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons