Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Bastian Hornung

Date: 01 November 2018
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: Aula, building 362, Gen. Foulkesweg 1, Wageningen

Dissertation title: 

Interactive functional networks in microbiota

Group: Wageningen University, Microbiology
Promotor: Prof.dr. V.A.P. Martins dos Santos and prof.dr. H. Smidt
Co-promotor: Dr. P.J. Schaap

Extra information:


In the last two decades the field of microbiome research has emerged. In this time it has become increasingly clear that microbes are everywhere in our surrounding, on us and in us. With the help of next generation sequencing technology it has become feasible to understand which microbes are present, what abilities they have and which abilities they are using. This leads to increasingly complex networks of interactions and dependencies, which are hard to elucidate. In this thesis, different microbiomes were explored with mainly the help of metatranscriptomics. This has led to insights on how gut microbes cooperate to degrade complex carbohydrates, and how dietary interventions in cows can lead to a decreased output of methane gas of the associated rumen microbes. With these and similar works, the increasing relevance of the microbiome will become even more acknowledged, not only by scientists, but also by the general public.

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