On 23 January 2007, BIOTEC organized the Vibrio Forum focusing on shrimp. The participants to the forum included various representatives from academic, private sector and government agencies.
A highlight of the forum was started off with a presentation about Diversity and Dynamics in a Bacterioplanktonic Vibrio Community by Dr. Janelle Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A topic focuses on 3 motivating questions:
Can we identify populations of Vibrio in the baterioplankton?
How diverse are the genomes of co-occurring Vibrios?
What the evolution forces that drives the diversification and cohesion of natural populations?
Other speakers included: Assoc. Prof. Varaporn Vuddhakul (Prince of Songkla University), Asst. Prof. Sumalee Kondo (Thammasart University), Dr. Pornphan Diraphat (Mahidol University), Prof. Tim Flegel (Shrimp-Centex), Assoc. Prof. Paisarn Sittigornkul (Srinakharinwirot University), and Assoc. Prof. Sirirat Rengpipat (Chulalongkorn University).
What is Vibrio?
The Vibrio genus contains motile, Gram-negative bacteria that are obligate aerobes. Vibrio have a recognizable curved shape and a single polar flagella. Although Vibrio species are non-invasive pathogens, they cause some of the most serious cases of diarrhea and thousands of people die from infection annually. These waterborne organisms are transmitted to humans via infected water or through fecal transmission. Thus, in countries with poor sewage or water treatment cholera is sometimes seen in epidemic proportions. For additional information on Vibrio in marine, please log on: http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Vibrio