Research group

Ecology of Marine Microbes

Ecology of Marine Microbes

Studying the ecological and functional role of marine microorganisms

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Modern marine microbial ecology started in the 1970s, when it was shown that microbes were very abundant and active in seawater. Nowadays, marine microbes are known to be responsible for about half of Earth's primary production, most of the respiration of the ocean and the sustainability of marine food webs, harboring a huge reservoir of taxonomic and functional biodiversity. The change of perspective has been spectacular and has given birth to the field of Microbial Oceanography to reflect the wide range of scales and methodological approaches used. The Ecology of Marine Microbes group integrates scientists from different disciplines and research topics, using complementary methods to address the ecological and functional role of marine microorganisms at different resolutions: from communities to species or ecotypes. Current interests are summarized in the following research lines: 1) Biodiversity and Biogeography, 2) Microbial Activities: from Single Cells to Biogeochemical Cycles, and 3) Genes and Genomes: Function and Evolution.

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PUBLICATIONS*
73
FUNDING*
1469
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* Data from the last two years

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Highlights

Grup de Recerca Consolidat 2017 SGR 01568 – AGAUR/Generalitat de Catalunya: DIFUMIC - Diversidad y función microbiana en sistemas acuáticos.

Organization of the International discussion meeting “Single Cell Ecology”. The Royal Society.

Coordination of the EU Innovative Training Network SINGEK (www.singek.eu).

Landmark Paper Award 2018 of the Deep-Sea Biology Society (trienial award):
Mestre M., Ruiz-González C., Logares R., Gasol J.M., Sala M.M. (2018) Sinking particles promote vertical connectivity in the ocean microbiome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. 115(29): 6799-6807. doi:10.1073/pnas.1802470115

Organization of the International Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia (6th edition). ”Ecology through the omics lens”. July 2018.

Publications
  • Campo, Javier del; Massana, Ramon; Wegener-Parfrey, Laura;
    2018

    EukRef: Phylogenetic curation of ribosomal RNA to enhance understanding of eukaryotic diversity and distribution

    PLoS Biology 16(9): e2005849 (2018)
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2005849
  • Mangot, Jean-François; Forn, Irene; Obiol, Aleix; Massana, Ramon;
    2018

    Constant abundances of ubiquitous uncultured protists in the open sea assessed by automated microscopy

    Environmental Microbiology 20(10): 3876-3889 (2018)
    https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14408
  • Mestre, Mireia; Ruiz-González, Clara; Logares, Ramiro; Duarte, Carlos M.; Gasol, Josep M.; Sala, M. Montserrat;
    2018

    Sinking particles promote vertical connectivity in the ocean microbiome

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115: E6799-E6807 (2018)
    https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1802470115
  • Sebastián, Marta; Auguet, Jean-Christophe; Restrepo-Ortiz, Claudia X.; Sala, M. Montserrat; Marrasé, Cèlia; Gasol, Josep M.;
    2018

    Deep ocean prokaryotic communities are remarkably malleable when facing long‐term starvation

    Environmental Microbiology 20(2): 713-723 (2018)
    https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14002
  • Villarino, Ernesto; Gasol, Josep M.; Salazar, Guillem; Acinas, Silvia G.; Estrada, Marta; Massana, Ramon; Logares, Ramiro; Giner, Caterina R.; Pernice, Massimo; Olivar, M. Pilar; Cuesta, José A.; Agustí, Susana; Duarte, Carlos M.; Chust, Guillem;
    2018

    Large-scale ocean connectivity and planktonic body size

    Nature Communications 9: 142 (2018)
    https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-02535-8
Projects
  • Using global marine metagenomics to understand MERcury microbial associated processes: finding a CURE for mercury contaminated environments
  • Promoting SINgle cell GEnomics to explore the ecology and evolution of hidden microeuKaryotes
  • DESVELANDO INTERACCIONES ECOLOGICAS ESENCIALES EN COMUNIDADES MICROBIANAS MARINAS MEDIANTE EL USO DE METODOS OMICOS
  • RECONSTRUCCION DE GENOMAS MICROBIANOS MARINOS MEDIANTE METAGENOMICA, GENOMICA DE CELULAS INDIVIDUALES Y CULTIVOS
  • REGULACION DEL (META)GENOMA PROCARIOTICO DE UN AMBIENTE COSTERO MARINO: FACTORES BIOLOGICOS Y OCEANOGRAFICOS QUE DETERMINAN LA PRESENCIA Y FUNCION BIOGEOQUIMICA DE PROCARIOTAS
Contracts
  • DIFUMIC: Diversidad y función microbiana en sistemas acuáticos
  • Renovación de Instrumentos de Contaje de Partículas del ICM