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 20 April 2018

TIME: 12:00-13:25 (we start at 12:00 with cookies and coffee/tea; talks start at 12:15)

PLACE: Orion C3043

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?