Dr. Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe

Online Special Seminar Series on Microbiomes
Monday, 8 June 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Special Online Seminar on Microbiomes presents:

“Impact of host-microbe interactions on ecosystem functions”

Dr. Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe,
Assistant Professor,

Université de Sherbrooke,
Canada Research Chair in Applied Microbial Ecology

Host: Dr. Daniel Figeys

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Seminar presented as part of the series of special seminars on Microbiomes for the Technologies for Microbiome Science and Engineering (TECHNOMISE)


High‐throughput sequencing methods has provided a mean to quantify the structure, diversity, and function of microbial communities with accuracy, and our understanding of the roles of host‐microbe associations for host fitness and function has advanced considerably. Nonetheless, few studies have provided an integrative inter-kingdom (i.e. beyond bacterial communities) perspective of host-microbe interactions and their role in driving ecosystem functions. As recent studies consider eukaryotes in their surveys, it is becoming increasingly clear that eukaryotes play important ecological roles in the microbiome as well as in host health. In this webinar, Dr. Laforest-Lapointe will discuss new evidence on eukaryotes as fundamental species in two ecosystems: (1) plant communities and (2) the human gut; and emphasize that future microbiome studies should characterize the multitrophic interactions between microeukaryotes, other microorganisms, and the host.

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