Abstract


CHARACTERIZATION OF MICROBIAL DIVERSITY IN MOROCCAN LAGOONS USING METAGENOMICS APPROACH

Microbial metagenomics allows the study of the variation and distribution of species in a complex microbial sample by sequencing the marker gene 16S or sampled fragments of the whole genome or transcriptome without the need for culturing. This approach is useful for the discovery of novel environmental microorganisms and gene functions, as only 10% of microbes were identified by using conventional culture. Marine ecosystems are among the most attractive fields in metagenomics. We chose to target the lagoons as specific marine locations to study microbial biodiversity. The Moroccan lagoon Marchica on the Mediterranean is subject to anthropogenic activities and eutrophication, which has led to massive phytoplankton blooms and thus a reduction of the microbial diversity. However, there is a lack of information regarding many microorganisms. The aim of our study is to explore the microbial diversity of Marchica lagoon and compare the outcome to results from other Moroccan lagoons and aquatic ecosystems, with regard to suggest which environmental factors influence the selection of microorganisms that might have an impact on the environmental and human health.

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Authors

Chaouni, B., University Med V Rabat & University Med I Oujda, Morocco, bouchrachaouni@gmail.com

ZAID, E., University Mohammed V Rabat, Morocco, ijazaid@yahoo.fr

GHAZAL, H., University Mohammed Premier Oujda/Nador, Morocco, hassan.ghazal@fulbrightmail.org

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:075
Date: 2/26/2015
Time: 11:45
Location: Andalucia 1 (Floor 1)

Presentation is given by student: Yes