Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses that infect specific host bacteria. Being the most abundant entities on earth, they influence and shape the structure and functions of microbial communities. Despite their known relevance for the functioning of marine systems, little is still known on their selective transport and role for lysis-driven nutrient release and cycling in terrestrial systems. My thesis forms part of the Collaborative Research Centre 1076 (AquaDiva) and challenges the following questions:
- What is the role of fungi and their mycosphere as a location of lysis-derived nutrient cycling and transport?
- Does selective viral transport influence nutrient release and cycling?
- Can marine tracer phages be used to mimic the transport of viruses and other nanoparticulate matter in terrestrial systems?
CV / Scientific Career
You, X., Kallies, R., Hild, K., Hildebrandt, A., Harms, H., Chatzinotas, A., Wick, L.Y., (2022):
Transport of marine tracer phage particles in soil
Sci. Total Environ. 814 , art. 152704