Potential Student project with Claire Evans NIOZ

Viruses are major agents in the control of phytoplankton populations. An important step in determining their ecological and biogeochemical significance in seawater is to characterize virus-host interactions. The growth cycle of a virus isolated from Arctic waters against the ubiquitous marine phytoflagellate Micromonas pusilla will be investigated. The lytic cycle will be characterized by determining latent period, total length of the lytic cycle and burst size. Furthermore, the influence of multiplicity of infection (ratio of virus to host) on the characteristics of the lytic cycle along with some of the physiological effects of infection will also be examined.
Time period: Minimum 3 month project, starting February 2010 onwards.
Student: Preferably Masters study with a background in marine biology and or microbiology. Good grasp of spoken and written English. Student will gain knowledge of microcial ecology, with particular reference to viruses, and practical laboratory skills including flow cytometry and virological methods.
Required from student: Preferably a background in marine biology and/or microbiology. Good grasp of spoken and written English. Student will gain knowledge of microbial ecology, with particular reference to viruses, and practical laboratory skills including flow cytometry and virological methods.

Contact
Claire Evans
E-mail:Claire Evans
Tel. 0222 - 369 449

Daarnaast heeft Corina Brussaard een EPOCA project (EU) lopen; daarbinnen zou eventueel iemand mee kunnen naar Spitsbergen in de zomer van 2010.
Contact
Corina Brussaaard

E-mail:Corina Brussaard
Telephone: 0222-369513
Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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