Colloquium of the Platform Biodiversity: Insects and their microorganisms – stories of symbiosis with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Microorganisms play an important role in nutrition, metabolic transformations, and as parasites and causative agents of infectious diseases for humans. However, insects are also associated with a variety of bacteria and fungi with different effects on their biology and biodiversity. While a variety of microorganisms are essential for their way of life as mutualists, there are numerous bacteria and parasites that influence insects in their own favor. In this lecture, Hannes Schuler provides exciting insights into this hidden world and into an evolutionary race inside insects.

Hannes Schuler, professor at the Free University of Bolzano, has been researching the evolution and impact of bacterial symbionts in insects for many years.

The colloquium will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 8th, at the Museum of Nature South Tyrol in German language. Admission is free. Online registration is required.

The event can also be followed online on the Museum’s YouTube channel: