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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 4 - 28 apr 2010
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


Microbial ecology: a course in Rome  

After the success of the first event in Verbania, the second edition of the Water research institute (Irsa-Cnr) and Sitemicro school will take place in Monterotondo (Rome) from 18 to 21 May 2010. It is addressed to a broader audience, including advanced master thesis students, PhD students and young researchers from other countries. Therefore, both lectures and experimental works are held in English by international scientists and by members of Sitemicro.

The Italian society for ecology (Site) together with several other institutions, associations and sponsors will support the course, guaranteeing for the highest scientific standards. Following the suggestions of the participants to the first course, laboratory-based lectures are now increased in number and admitted applicants reduced from 30 to 20. Two techniques based on two opposite approaches to microbial diversity, i.e. single-cell-based Cardfish and community-based Dgge, will be presented and performed. The analysis of 16s gene sequences, the construction of phylogenetic trees and the probe design process will be introduced through theoretical and practical lessons focused on the use of specific softwares (i.e. Arb). Moreover, the current state-of-the-art and the future developments of quantitative will be discussed for innovative applications in microbial ecology. The course will be hosted at the brand-new laboratories of Irsa-Cnr that will provide also seminar rooms and other facilities.


Fonte: Stefano Amalfitano, Istituto di ricerca sulle acque, Roma, tel. 06 90672 854, email amalfitano@irsa.cnr.it