The project in a nutshell
The ultimate goal of our project is to determine how variations in the cyanobacteria populations of Lake Geneva influence the functioning of the ecosystem. Our specific objectives are to: (i) investigate how seasonal environmental changes influence the diversity of cyanobacteria populations, (ii) determine how seasonal environmental changes modify the physiological state of cyanobacteria populations and finally, (iii) link changes in the diversity and physiology of cyanobacteria with the functioning of the ecosystem. The fundamental knowledge that will be generated in this project represents a step forward to establish and promote microbial conservation practices aiming to protect cyanobacteria biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and freshwater quality.
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