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Michael Thomas-Poulsen: Symbiotic paths to sustainable insect fungiculture

Fælles seminar: Genetik, økologi og evolution & Mikrobiologi

29.05.2019 | Anne Kirstine Mehlsen

Dato tir 04 jun
Tid 14:00 14:30
Sted Institut for Bioscience, Ny Munkegade 114-116, bygning 1540-229

Foredragsholder: Michael Thomas-Poulsen, Biologisk institut, Københavns Universitet. sektion for økologi og Evolution



Through symbiotic associations with plant-biomass degrading fungi and complex gut bacterial communities, fungus-farming termites have become dominant decomposers in the Old World. Here, I review our current understanding of how this complex symbiosis accomplishes near-complete degradation of plant substrate and how the association remarkably manages to avoid specialized diseases of their monoculture fungus crop.


Contact Trine Bilde (trine.bilde@bios.au.dk) or Andreas Schramm (andreas.schramm@bios.au.dk) if you want to meet the speaker..

Institut for Bioscience, Offentligheden / Pressen, Medarbejdere, Mikrobiologi