Microbial Communities and Habitats in Aquatic Environments Laboratory (MiCHAEL)

Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

What we like to do, i.e. publish. (Source: Web of Science, 26 Jan. 2021)

Research interests

The research interests of MiCHAEL are … small. We focus on aquatic ecology by investigating patterns and processes that underpin the distribution, abundance and diversity of microorganisms in diverse aquatic habitats. Some of our quests deal with the following:

* How do aquatic microbial communities assemble?

* Which members of the microbial trophic web are the key players in defining and maintaining community structure?

* How do these trophic links change over time?

* What is the role of spatial structure in regulating the community’s stability?

* How do abiotic parameters regulate ecosystem functioning of microbial processes?

* What types of association exist between prokaryotes and aquatic animals?


Recent publications

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Meziti A, Nikouli E, Hatt J, Konstantinidis KT, Kormas KA (2021) Time series metagenomic sampling of the Thermopyles, Greece, geothermal springs reveals stable microbial communities dominated by novel sulfur-oxidizing chemoautotrophs. Environ. Microbiol. IN PRESS

Nikouli E, Meziti A, Smeti E, Antonopoulou E, Mente E, Kormas KA (2021) Gut microbiota of five sympatrically farmed marine fish species in the Aegean Sea. Microb. Ecol. 81:460-470

PREPRINT: Nikouli E, Kormas KA, Jin Y, Olsen Y, Bakke I, Vadstein O (2020) Early life bacterial succession under different diet regime Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). Research Square

Panteli N, Mastoraki M, Nikouli E, Lazarina M, Antonopoulou E, Kormas KA (2020) Imprinting statistically sound conclusions for gut microbiota in comparative animal studies: A case study with diet and teleost fishes. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. D Genom. Proteom. 36,100738

Beam JP, Becraft ED, Brown JM, Schulz F, Jarett JK, Bezuidt O, Poulton NJ, Clark K, Dunfield P, Ravin N, Spear JR, Hedlund BP, Kormas KA, Sievert SM, Elsahed MS, Barton H, Stott MB, Eisen JA, Moser DP, Onstott TC, Woyke T, Stepanauskas R (2020) Ancestral absence of electron transport chains in Patescibacteria and DPANN. Front. Microbiol. 11,1848

Petrou M, Karas P, Vasileiadis S, Zafiriadis I, Papadimitriou T, Levizou E, Kormas K, Karpouzas D (2020) Irrigation of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) with microcystin-enriched water holds low risk for plants and their associated rhizopheric and epiphytic microbiome. Environ. Pollut. 266,115208

Levizou E, Papadimitriou Th, Papavasileiou E, Papadimitriou N, Kormas KA (2020) Root vegetables bioaccumulate microcystins-LR in a developmental stage-dependent manner under realistic exposure scenario: the case of carrot and radish. Agricultural Water Managem. 240,106274

Kormas KA, Meziti A (2020) The microbial communities of the East Mediterranean Sea mud volcanoes and pockmarks. In: Teske A, Salman-Carvalho V (eds) Marine hydrocarbon seeps. Microbiology and biogeochemistry of a global marine habitat. Springer, Cham, p 142-148

Taught courses at DIAE

* Microbiology (3rd semester)

* Microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems (7th semester)

* Applications of aquatic microorganisms (7th semester; elective course)

* Microbial source tracking (10th semester, elective course)

Last update: Jan. 2021