CIE Seminar Series – 2021: The role of prokaryotes, viruses and viral infection strategies for carbon dynamics in inland wetlands

SPEAKER: Giuditta Bonetti, PhD Candidate, Blue Carbon Lab, Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University.

DATE & TIME: Friday, 26th March 2021 @ 12:00 noon

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 993 6277 7568, Password: 411466).

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ABSTRACT.

The systematic growth of wetland reclamation in the past centuries has ultimately endangered wetland functions that otherwise represent a benefit for human society, such as water purification, wildlife habitat provision, carbon sequestration capacity, and climate regulation.

As microbial-mediated greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands increase in response to disturbances (i.e., hydrological alterations, land-use change), rehabilitation approaches with the aim of rehabilitating the wetland microbial and biogeochemical functionality represent a valid option to retrieve degraded wetlands.

In this talk I will review the research I have conducted during my PhD around the role of prokaryotes and viruses as major player behind the biogeochemical processes that lead to a delicate balance between carbon emissions production and carbon sequestration in inland wetlands.

I will then explore the microbial and carbon response to anthropogenic disturbances, environmental parameters and ecosystem restoration, specifically under the point of view of recently published theories and experiment on a direct correlation between viral infection strategies and greenhouse gas dynamics.


BIO.

I am a PhD Candidate with the Blue Carbon Lab at Deakin University. My main research interest focuses on the application of microbial ecology for resource management purposes.

In particular, I focus on viral ecology and how viruses could represent a valuable asset to finding innovative solutions for climate change mitigation.

For more information click HERE.


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