QCBS Students

Naíla Barbosa da Costa

Université de Montréal
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Jesse Shapiro
Gregor Fussmann
Start: 2016-09-01
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Project
Phage-cyanobacteria antagonistic interactions and their prospective use in bloom control
Harmful cyanobacterial blooms occur in freshwaters around the world, posing economic and public health threats. Monitoring, predicting and preventing them is a priority but also a challenge, because their dynamics are controlled by the interaction of abiotic factors with a complex biotic community, including viruses (phages) that prey on cyanobacteria. Here we ask how phage-cyanobacterial interactions impact bloom dynamics. Specifically, under what conditions can phage predation terminate a bloom, and under what conditions can cyanobacteria evolve resistance?

Publications
1- Cyanobacteria diversity in alkaline saline lakes in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland: a polyphasic approach
Costa, Naíla B., Maria A. Kolman, Alessandra Giani
2016 Journal of Plankton Research