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Marine Microbiology Group at IMEDEA

SYSTEMATICS, TAXONOMY AND PHYLOGENY

We are expertise in molecular taxonomic tools as DNA-DNA hybridization, GC mole % content measurements, as well as fingerprinting techniques as PFGE and RAPD among others. We have currently started a project focused in producing a regularly updated database harbouring an aligned dataset of all prokaryotic species classified for which a sequence is publicly available. The All-Species Living Tree Project is tempted to give to the scientific community a reliable tool for species identification based on the 16S rRNA approach. The main collaborators in this project are the Microbial Ecology Group of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology; the Department of Microbiology of the Technical University of Munich, the LPSN project , and Ribocon GmbH.


EXTREMOPHILES

Extreme halophilic microorganisms: the main focus of the research is currently the diversity, biogeography, genomics and metabolomics of Salinibacter ruber. This microorganism is the first extreme halophilic bacterium for which an ecological relevance was demonstrated. The research combines a comparative genomic study mainly carried in the Molecular Microbial Ecology group of the University of Alicante, with comparative metabolomic studies in collaboration with the Institute of Ecological Chemistry of the Research Center for Environment and Health

MARINE SEDIMENTS

Benthic marine microbial communities: we are currently studying the anaerobic microbiota inhabiting carbonated sediments of the Balearic Islands’. The research is coordinated with Soil Microbiology Department of the EEZ, and covers both microbial molecular ecology studies (by the use of FISH, clone libraries, and metagenomic approaches), and anaerobic culturing techniques (focused on sulphate, iron and manganese reducers). The main focus of the research is the understanding of the anaerobic microbiota able to degrade crude oil and its derivates (aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons).