Hassan Salem

   Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis
 Phone:+49 (0)3641 57 1804Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
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PhD Thesis

Actinobacteria and the Vitamin Metabolism of Firebugs: Characterizing a mutualism's specificity and functional importance
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Biologisch-Pharmazeutische Fakultät
First Supervisor: Dr. M. Kaltenpoth
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr. H. Vogel, Prof. Dr. J. Gershenzon

My interests are in symbiosis, specifically that between multicellular organisms and microbes. Endosymbiotic bacteria play an important nutritional role for many insects and invertebrates. And while these symbiotic associations involving gammaproteobacteria are well documented, less can be said about actinobacteria symbionts. For my doctoral thesis, I plan to detail the specificity and dynamics of the Coriobacterium-Firebug symbiosis through a range of manipulation experiments that will include symbiont exchange and elimination, followed by a detailed description of the population dynamics of the Coriobacterium population. We also aim to establish the exact nutritional contributions of the symbiont to its host through the establishment of artificial diets that are easy to manipulate.

last updated on 2014-03-28