The German Research Foundation (DFG) continues to support the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) continues to support the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms” at Kiel University until the end of 2023 with 11 million euros. https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/details/news/367-metaorganismus-phase2

 

Founded in 2016 at Kiel University, the CRC 1182 brings together around 80 scientists from six predominantly North German institutions in a total of 15 interdisciplinary research projects. The researchers want to understand bit by bit the functional consequences of the interactions of host organisms and microbial communities. Thomas Bosch will continue to lead the CRC.

Kiel Möbius Prize goes to renowned American microbiome researcher

On Tuesday, November 12 2019, the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms” at Kiel University awarded its most important science prize, the 10.000 € Karl August Möbius-Fellowship, for the third time. This year’s winner was the American physician and microbiologist Professor Martin J. Blaser from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Blaser, who was voted one of the 100 most influential people of 2015 by the US news magazine “Time”, received the 10,000 Euro award for his lifetime achievement and the associated special merits for a better understanding of how microbial colonization of the body is related to human health.

Read the full Article here.

3D immersive visualization of a Copepode

Rendering of a Copepod anatomy based on light sheet microscopy data. 3D immersive visualization in the CAVE environment at High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) in Stuttgart allows co-located and distant collaborative exploration of spatial relationships, and direct interaction with the visualizations and simulations.

Copyright: Uwe Woessner/HLRS, Stuttgart University

Analysis of Hydras contraction

Quantitative analysis of Hydra spontaneous contractile behavior. The animation explains the automatized video-recording of a freely behaving polyp and further analysis of the image sequence using a custom script to generate such metrics of the behavior as stretching and contractile capacity, contraction frequency and regularity.

Reference:

Murillo-Rincon, A.P., Klimovich, A., Pemöller, E. et al. Spontaneous body contractions are modulated by the microbiome of Hydra. Sci Rep 7, 15937 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16191-x

The contraction behavior in Hydra

Example of Hydra spontaneous body contractions (65x acceleration). The spontaneous contractions are shrinkages of the body column that occur periodically in the absence of any exogenous stimuli.

Reference:

Murillo-Rincon, A.P., Klimovich, A., Pemöller, E. et al. Spontaneous body contractions are modulated by the microbiome of Hydra. Sci Rep 7, 15937 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16191-x