Nicole Gerardo, Emory University
Using Insect Systems to Study How Organisms Interact with Beneficial and Harmful Microbes
Microbial communities within animals greatly influence their hosts' ecology and evolution. These diverse microbial associates consist of commensals, pathogens and mutualists. In such systems, hosts would benefit substantially if they could selectively recognize and accept beneficial microbes while still being able to avoid or attenuate infection by microbial pathogens.
Wilson 128, UNC-Chapel Hill