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Microbes are found in almost every environment on the planet. These microscopic organisms – such as bacteria and viruses – play important and diverse roles in shaping ecosystems as well as in the development of infectious diseases. Advanced techniques developed over the last four decades have revealed a complex set of interactions between microbes and their environment. Combining these techniques with sophisticated modelling could help us understand the mechanisms that drive microbial biodiversity, evolution, and ecosystem structure and function. More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the papers ‘Individual-based model highlights the importance of trade-offs for virus-host population dynamics and long-term co-existence’,,

and ‘Simple models combining competition, defence and resource availability have broad implications in pelagic microbial food webs’,


Financial support for this video was provided by the Trond Mohn Research Foundation through project number TMS2018REK02, by the University of Bergen, by the European Commission through project OCEAN-CERTAIN and by the Research Council of Norway through project number 225956/E10 ‘MicroPolar’.



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