Professorial lecture - The Secret Life of Microbes

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Presenter:  Professor Karen Gibb

Date: Jul 26, 2016

Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Contact person:  CDU Events Team
T: 08 8946 6554

Location:  CDU Theatre, Orange 3, Casuarina campus, Charles Darwin University

Target audience:  This event is open to the public. RSVP is required.

Most people associate bacteria with food poisoning, unsanitary conditions and disease, or those unpleasant pink dots on forgotten food at the back of the fridge. We also tend to think a disease is caused by a single species that invades its host and overcomes its defences.

Professor Gibb will discuss how far we have come from the view that disease is caused by ‘bad air’ that spontaneously generates ‘germs’.

Thanks to DNA technologies, microbiologists are emerging from the world of culture plates and microscopes. We can now talk about microbial ecologists who use these new technologies to study microbial‘landscapes’, and in so doing have discovered the incredible biodiversity and function of bacteria in even the most inhospitable environments. This relatively new field of research is providing exciting insights into how bacteria form ‘cities’ that communicate and respond to changes in the environment, and how they act as early warning sentinels of change.

Professor Gibb will also draw on research to reveal how bacteria are helping us to understand our local environment, with a particular focus on Darwin Harbour.


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