Recent developments in the field of microbial ecology allow to explore the hitherto unsuspected diversity and functions of microbial assemblages. Microbes are found in almost every habitat present in nature and have been shaping our environment since the earliest times. Multicellular organisms themselves are the result of symbiosis between individual single-cell prokaryotes that occurred several billion years ago. They also represent a suitable habitat for microbial cells and a large part of their physiology often depends on the microbial symbionts that provide protection, nutrients, allow them to reproduce and ultimately to adapt to environmental changes.
From the molecular to the ecosystem level, the study of the microbial assemblages is fundamental, even central, to a real understanding of the functioning of natural ecosystems. The diversity of microbial metabolism is a great resource for applied research strategies, from the protection of organisms to environmental remediation.
The transverse axis: micro-organisms (ATMO) aims to identify and promote interactions between researchers of the BOREA research unit in order to develop original and innovative approaches in the field of aquatic microbiology. This will be achieved through the financial support of collaborative research projects for which a call for proposals will soon be published.