As part of the 68th Annual Meeting of the British Phycological Society and Conference, you are invited to join Professor Graham Underwood for this public lecture.
Have you ever slipped on a wet rock, or seen gold and green sheens on mud or sand?
Then you have experienced an algal biofilm. Almost any wet surface will be covered with a mixed film of algae and other microbes, embedded in a matrix of slime. Biofilms are everywhere. They are exposed to extreme conditions: Damaging levels of light and ultra-violet radiation; temperature; wetting and desiccation; various pollutants. Despite this, the biological activity of biofilms is very high, and they make significant contributions to nutrient cycling and food chains in many freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Drawing on examples from tropical, temperate and polar regions, Professor Underwood, President of the British Phycological Society, will show how our understanding of the chemistry, biology and ecology of diatoms, the major algal component of biofilms, has developed. The secrets of their success are due to high species diversity, metabolic, and behavioural flexibility. This provides the resilience for biofilms to face the challenges of their changing environments.
This lecture is open to all with registration from 15:30 for a 16:00 start. Please register your place via the above link.