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Single Cell Analysis Workshop

Location: Banyuls (France)
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2005-10-17    
End Date: 2005-10-20

Event Description:
This Symposium, co-organized by the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer and the Institut de Ciències del Mar de Barcelona (is funded by EU NoE MARBEF, project BASICS, and CNRS)

Planktonic microbial communities are fundamental components of aquatic ecosystems, and while we have been able to start to understand the composition of these communities with the use of molecular techniques, we are still far from being able to link bacterial diversity with the ecological [function] that each organism develops. Since the linkage between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is yet to be developed for pelagic microbes, particularly pelagic bacteria and archaea, ecological concepts such as "key species", or "species redundancy" appear strange to most microbial ecology practitioners. One way to link microbe identity with its ecological [function] is through the use of single-cell analysis (SCA) techniques, that can provide information on the relative activity, viability and ecological [function] of different phylogenetic or otherwise determined microbial group. Thus, flow cytometry and cell sorting, microautoradiography, X-ray microanalysis or capillary electrophoresis are techniques that have been used recently to identify the microbial phylotypes that carry specific ecosystem functions, The SCA techniques are particularly important when combined with fluorescence in situ hibridization or other PCR-based molecular techniques that can provide phylogenetic identity information. The EU-funded project BASICS ("Bacterial single-cell approaches to the relationship between diversity and [function] in the Sea") had the development, fine-tuning, comparison and standardization of these SCA techniques as one of its main objectives. To account for its completion, we are happy to announce a Symposium of Single-cell analysis of planktonic Microbes to be held in Banyuls in October 2005.

The Synposium will bring together members of the BASICS consortium as well as experts from outside the consortium that will explain and teach their expertise with these techniques. The Symposium will have two parts:
* A Hands-on Workshop on some of the techniques, that will be held in the Banyuls laboratory.
* A Conference with invited and contributed talks

Contact email:

Event programme:
Here you can see the event programme

Collaborators and organisers:
Clara Cardelús, Philippe Catala, Jeff Ghiglione, Pep Gasol, Raphaël Lami & Philippe Lebaron

Pep Gasol
Josep M Gasol
Departament de Biologia Marina i Oceanografia
Institut de Ciències del Mar-CMIMA, CSIC
Pg Marítim de la Barceloneta 37-49
E08003 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Phone (general ICM): 34 93 2309500
Phone (my office): 34 93 230 9593
Fax: 34 93 2309555

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Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

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