Microbial Population Biology

A talks-and-discussion series on ecology and evolution of microbes at Wageningen University and Research.

You can find the schedule of the talks under ‘Schedule’.



Friday 22 June 2018

TIME: 16:30 – …

PLACE: Radix Lounge (on the first floor, above the reception)

For the final session of the series on Microbial Population Biology we will host a social event and poster quiz.

We will collect research posters on relevant topics and will maek them anonymous. During the drinks, you can have a look at the posters and try and link titles/names and titles to the posters.

To participate, please send us (m.zwart [at] nioo.knaw.nl) a ppt or pdf version of one of your recent posters highlighting your work. We will remove the title and authors, make a print and will display the poster at the event. You may also participate by just showing up and enjoying the drinks and social talk with other microbial population biology interested people.



Friday 25 May 2018

1) Francine Govers (Phytopathology) – Tracking and tracing peculiarities in Phytophthora pathogens

2) Sijmen Schoustra (Genetics) – Microbial population biology in international development


Friday 20 April 2018

1) Marnix Vlot (Micro) – Host-phage co-evolution through the looking glass

2) Noriko Cassman (NIOO) – Satellite communities of heterotrophic bacteria growing with Nitrobacter winogradskyi


Friday 23 February, 2018

1) Ioannis Mougiakos (Microbiology) – Hot’n’sharp: Characterizing a thermostable Cas9 for bacterial genome editing and silencing.

2) Emilia Hannula (NIOO) – Soil microbiome in plant-soil feedbacks.


Friday 12 January, 2018

1) Eveline Snelders (Genetics) – Where, when and how? Evolution and adaptation in the human pathogenic fungus A. fumigatus.

2) Mark Zwart (NIOO) – Multipartite viruses: Impossible objects or mutation-free adaptation?


Friday 8 December 2017

1) Mariela Serrano (CSK, new on campus) – Dairy Safe starter cultures for bioconservation of cheese

2) Diana Machado de Sousa (Microbiology) – Exploring and exploiting microbial one-carbon metabolism


Friday 10 November 2017

1) Victor Carrion (NIOO) – Mining of the endophytic microbiome for novel biosynthetic genes and antifungal metabolites

2) Marcel Zwietering (Food Microbiology) – Quantitative Microbiology and Quantitative Ecology


Friday 16 June 2017

1) Jan van Kan (Phytopathology) – To be or not to be (a plant pathogen): that is the question

2) Gerben Hermes (Microbiology) – ‘Mining’ the human intestinal microbiota for biomarkers associated with metabolic disorders


Friday 19 May 2017

1) Raymond Staals (Microbiology) – Phage Wars – The bacterium strikes back

2) Nadya Velikova (Host-Microbe Interactomics) – Histidine kinase inhibitors as potential broad-spectrum antibacterial medicines


Friday 21 April 2017

1) Fons Debets (Genetics) – Cheating the Mendelian Lottery

2) Bart Thomma (Phytopathology) – Olives for lunch?


Friday 24 March 2017

1) Duur Aanen (Genetics) – Fungi as model organisms for the evolution of cooperation

2) Tjakko Abee (Food Microbiology) – Pathogen survival strategies


Friday 17 February 2017

1) Gerlinde De Deyn (Soil Quality) – Microbial drivers of plant-soil feedback

2) Irene Sanchez Andrea (Microbiology) – Biological Sulfide Mineral Transformations in Acidic Environments


Friday 20 January 2017

1) Irene de Bruijn (NIOO) – Microbiome analysis of the soil immune response

2) Herwig Bachmann (NIZO) – Experimental evolution of increased efficiency in E. coli


Friday 9 December 2016

1) Clara Belzer (Microbiology) – Microbiome: the quest for causality

2) Richard Notebaard (Food microbiology) – Evolutionary Systems Biology

3) Arjan de Visser (Genetics) – Exploring the predictability of evolution in the laboratory


Friday 11 November 2016

1) Reindert Nijland (Phytopathology) – Bacterial interactions inside tomato xylem vessels

2) Paolina Garbeva (NIOO) – Microbial interspecific interactions

3) Jerry Wells (Human Microbe Interactomics) – Production of an antibiotic ionophore by a mammalian commensal


Friday 14 October 2016

1) Eddy Smid (Food Microbiology) – Overview of Food Microbiology projects

2) Michael Seidl (Phytopathology) – How transposons drive evolution of virulence in a fungal pathogen

3) Sijmen Schoustra (Genetics ) – Experimental evolution of microbial communities


Friday 16 September 2016

1) Marjon de Vos (Genetics) – Ecological interactions in polymicrobial urinary tract infections

2) Olaf Tyc (NIOO) – Fungus associated bacteriome in charge of their host behavior

3) Detmer Sipkema (Microbiology) – Microbes associated to sponges: culture to sequence or sequence to culture?