Bacterial Microcosms

Group leader

Tarmo Ketola


Leena Lindström, Jouni Laakso (University of Helsinki)

Master's student

Emmi Räsänen


Academy of Finland

Environmental variation has been suggested to select for generalist genotypes that are capable of performing well across environments. However, evolving for example to be thermal generalist could also change the ability to inhabit other kind of environments. Especially the latter scenario, pre-adaptation to novel environments via disturbance driven generalism has been recently suggested to play a key role in the emergence of invasive species and new pathogens. Thus, the suggested increases in temperature fluctuations and other stressors due to global changes can indirectly affect pest and pathogen pressures on humans and commercial species.