Between 21 and 26 August the "16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME 2016" in Montreal, Canada was performed. In the instance, the Millennium Institute of Oceanography was represented by its director, Osvaldo Ulloa, and the postdoc Alvaro Muñoz.
Osvaldo Ulloa participated with an oral presentation in the section "Oceans of discovery, seas of change". Here, he focused on the recents discoveries of the composition of the microbial community in Oxygen Minimum Zones located in the North and South subtropical Pacific Ocean. Additionally, he exposed on microorganisms discovered in past decades and its importance in the global biogeochemical cycles.
In addition, the post doc IMO Alvaro Muñoz participated in the conference entitled "Microbial single-cell genomics from Anoxic Marine Zones." There, he spoke about his work, which consists in analyze multiple genomes, one cell at a time, to determine the metabolic potential from uncultured groups of microorganisms that do not have representatives in the current databases, and their distribution in different aquatic environments in the world.
"Our results revealed environmentally relevant information regarding the metabolism and distribution of 16 groups of bacteria and 2 groups of archaea, from which no prior information existed. Of these, at least 4 groups reach close to 1% of the total microbial community abundances, "said Alvaro Muñoz.