The Biology of Vibrios (VIBRIO 2007)

Venue: Institut Pasteur

Location: Paris, 15e, France

Event Date/Time: Nov 28, 2007 End Date/Time: Dec 01, 2007
Registration Date: Nov 15, 2007
Early Registration Date: Sep 21, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 31, 2007
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There have been tremendous developments in the study of the biology of vibrios over the last two decades. Nearly 80 species are now officially recognized, some of which have well known ecological roles in nature. V. cholerae remains one of the main scourges of mankind, killing thousands of people yearly worldwide. Other vibrios e.g. V. anguillarum, V. harveyi and V. salmonicida are threats to reared marine animals. Vibrios are abundant in the marine environment and within the tissues/organs of several hosts e.g. fish and shellfish. More recently, certain vibrios have been associated with the mortality of corals and other cnidarians, worldwide. A wide range of biotechnological applications e.g. vaccine development, environmental monitoring and production of bioactive compounds are currently under way using vibrios. Seven species have their whole-genome completely sequenced and 20 are in progress, allowing detailed genomic and post-genomics analyses. We started up this series of conferences in 2005 as we thought it was timely to bring together researchers committed to the study of the biology of vibrios, in a unique interdisciplinary meeting. After the success of the first edition in Ghent, with over 130 attendees, from 32 countries, we will now meet in the Institut Pasteur (Paris) for the second edition.

The goal of this meeting is to have a forum of discussion of the present knowledge on vibrios as well as to identify the main research needs for future projects. Cutting-edge studies covering the four main streamlines of current research i.e. Biodiversity, Genetics/Genomics, Disease/Epidemiology, Ecology and Applications will be presented during Vibrio 2007. The meeting is targeted at bacterial taxonomists, microbial ecologists, geneticists and genome researchers, health management workers and students.

Session topics will include:

Pangenome, speciation & biodiversity
Harmful and beneficial host-microbe interactions
Climate changes and cholera dinamics
Quorum sensing
Genome biology & chromosome segregation
Natural transformation
Human pathogens and pathogenesis


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