31.01.2012

Experimental evolution

Experimental evolution labThe short generation length of bacterial species and their protozoan predators allows replicated experiments where evolutionary changes in ecologically relevant traits (e.g. competitive ability or predator avoidance) can occur in time scales of days and months. We can cultivate several common bacterial species (e.g. Serratia marcescens, Flavobacterium columnare), protozoan predators (ciliates, amoebas) and viruses of bacteria (phages) in a microcosm environment.