Discovered respectively about 30 and 40 years ago, Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus are becoming the most well-studied model marine microbes. What began as mere observations of small novel marine cyanobacteria now emerges as one the major advances of the last century in biological oceanography: these closely related microorganisms constitute a key genetically and physiologically diverse group of phytoplankton that represents a core engine of marine microbial communities and global biogeochemical cycles.
Building on the success of the first ProchlorococcusFest (2008) that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the discovery of Prochlorococcus, this meeting will bring together both veterans and newbies alike to highlight past achievements, current research and future directions in the study of these important organisms. All areas and modes of inquiry are welcome. Participants working in diverse areas are welcome, such as people studying predators, biogeochemical influences, and other microbes that exchange metabolites with these significant primary producers.
ProSynFest 2020 will take place from 19 to 21 March 2020 at the Córdoba Conference and Convention Center (Córdoba, Spain). On March 18th, the day before the formal symposium, we will hold an informal, interactive, workshop geared toward sharing and discussing various approaches to working with these (sometimes recalcitrant!) model microorganisms.
We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in Córdoba in 2020.