15th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology
"Ecosystem drivers in a changing planet"
26–30 May 2019 • Lisbon/Portugal


15th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology
"Ecosystem drivers in a changing planet"
26–30 May 2019 • Lisbon/Portugal

Conference Details



Abstract Submission

We cordially invite you to submit your abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations to the BAGECO 15. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions for the scientific programme and and would like to thank you in advance for your support!

Accepted abstracts will be included as free papers or oral presentations in the programme. All accepted abstracts will also be published in the main programme and in the online programme.

Deadline of Abstract Submission: 31 January, 2019

Major Topics

1. Horizontal gene transfer, mobile genetic elements and antibiotic resistance

Following the tradition of previous BAGECO symposia, this session welcomes research on the mobile gene pool as main drivers of microbial adaptability and functioning in natural and fabricated ecosystems, including studies on the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in environmental, industrial and clinical settings.

2. Microbial adaptation, functioning and biodiversity in a changing planet

Presentations in this session pertain to fundamental research on microbial evolution and diversification, from single cells to the strain and species levels, and on the resilience, functioning and biodiversity of microbial communities in face of environmental changes and anthropic pressures.

3. Microbiomes for sustainability - Boosting agri- and aquaculture ecosystems

More than ever before, human nutrition depends on intensive agro- and aquaculture practices for food production.  From disease control through nutrient cycling to host growth promotion, the pivotal roles played by microorganisms in these systems form the basis for presentations in this session.

4. Microbiomes for sustainability - Environmental pollution and bioremediation: current and future challenges

This session addresses the metabolic features of microbial strains, lab-enriched or natural consortia and their use in the removal/degradation of pollutants. It invites both in situ and meso/microcosms-based studies with implications for the mitigation of anthropic impacts on natural and man-made environments.

5. The wonders of secondary metabolism: from natural products to novel biocatalysts

Our much improved understanding of microbial diversity opened new avenues to next-generation bioprospection studies of both uncultured and novel cultured taxa. This session will consider cutting-edge research on novel biocatalyts and bioactivities from understudied metabolic pathways, microorganisms and microbiomes.

6. Host-microbe interactions: ecology and evolution

This session comprises fundamental research on the interactions established between microbes and eukaryotic hosts. The roles played by symbionts in increasing host fitness, and in-depth laboratory studies of simpler, bipartite and tripartite systems are enthusiastically considered here.

7. Host-microbe interactions as driving forces of ecosystems

Studies that shed light on the diversity and functioning of host-associated communities and their contribution to the functioning of natural ecosystems, from terrestrial to freshwater and marine biomes, form the scope of this session.

8. Microbiology in the metagenomics era: tools, applications, and the emergence of a novel tree of life

This session highlights research on the development and use of advanced methodology, including hi-end bioinformatics and computing technologies, which contribute to improve our accuracy in assessing complex microbiomes. Studies of the taxonomy, phylogeny and function of uncultured microbes are welcomed in this session.

9. Living in an increasingly aseptic world? Microbiology in the built and social environment

We now know that human health is tightly intertwined with a functioning host-associated microbiota, and that our surrounding environment and life-style are important deterministic forces in this interplay. Presentations in this session will focus on the host-food-environment microbial continuum and its societal and health implications.

10. Building a modern microbial ecological theory: conceptual and technical advances

This session considers studies that contextualize the enormous amounts of data usually retrieved in modern microbiome projects into mathematical or conceptual models with potential to shape a new and much-need microbial ecology theory. 

11. Miscellaneous topics

To encourage submissions representing diverse areas of research and to foster a truly multidisciplinary environment, studies which may not fit well into the topics above are welcomed and highly appreciated in this session.

After reviewing all submitted abstracts, authors will be informed about the decision. Accepted abstracts will be either presented as oral or poster presentations.

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