EAPS DLS - Mary Ann Moran (University of Georgia)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 54, 915/923
21 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02139


Metabolites of the Marine Carbon and Sulfur Cycles


Marine microbes interface through the exchange of organic molecules that function variously as substrates, co-factors, and signals, and these interactions affect biogeochemical processes in ways that we are just beginning to understand. The mechanism by which much of the chemical exchange occurs is through release of metabolites from autotrophic microbes into seawater, followed by rapid and efficient uptake by heterotrophic microbes. We focused on this exometabolite exchange using model systems consisting of co-cultured phytoplankton and bacteria that were interrogated using both biological and chemical approaches. Within the complex networks of marine microbial communities, high flux/low concentration compounds are among the most difficult to characterize but play critical roles in carbon turnover in the surface ocean.

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