Volatile mediated interactions between methanotrophs and heterotrophs

Project 2016–Present
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Onderzoeksgroep
Bodelier Group
Garbeva Group
Financiering
KNAW

Methanotrophic bacteria are crucial in the regulation of methane concentration in the atmosphere and therefore for regulating our climate. Despite all research efforts there is still little understanding of the role of biological interaction on the functioning of methane oxidizers. In the VolMob project we investigate the interactions between methanotrophs and other bacteria mediated by volatile compounds. Initial experiments have demonstrated positive as well as negative effects of volatiles produced by heterotrophic bacteria. The coming years we will focus on unravelling the mechanisms behind these effects.

Studying interactions between MOB and heterotrophs
Approaches used in studying volatile mediated interactions between methane consuming and other bacteria.
Interactions between heterotrophs and methanotrophs
Effect of heterotrophic bacteria (right) on methanotrophs (left) Methanotrophs display a donut-shaped colony.

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Onderzoeksgroep
Bodelier Group
Garbeva Group
Financiering
KNAW

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