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Microscale insights into ocean-scale processes: Microbial behaviour as a driver of ocean biogeochemistry

Funding: 2011: $140,000
2012: $130,000
2013: $130,000

Project Member(s): Seymour, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2011

Summary: Microscopic plankton regulate the ocean's chemical cycles, which ultimately support life on earth. However, the ecological interactions driving these processes are poorly understood. This project will use novel approaches to decipher the behaviours of marine microbes, providing a more complete perception of how ocean ecosystems operate and influence climate.


Raina, J-B, Fernandez, V, Lambert, B, Stocker, R & Seymour, JR 2019, 'The role of microbial motility and chemotaxis in symbiosis.', Nature reviews. Microbiology, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 284-294.
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Lambert, BS, Raina, J-B, Fernandez, VI, Rinke, C, Siboni, N, Rubino, F, Hugenholtz, P, Tyson, GW, Seymour, JR & Stocker, R 2017, 'A microfluidics-based in situ chemotaxis assay to study the behaviour of aquatic microbial communities.', Nature microbiology, vol. 2, pp. 1344-1349.
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Keywords: Microbial Behaviour, Chemotaxis, Ocean Biogeochemistry, Plankton, Biological Oceanography

FOR Codes: Microbial Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related), Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments