Turon Marta

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My research is focused on unraveling the intricate microbial symbioses within sponge hosts. I aim at gaining a comprehensive understanding of the composition and functionality of the sponge associated microbial community using metabarcoding techniques to taxonomically identify the microbial consortium as well as metatranscriptomic approaches to assess their gene expression patterns. My specific focus lies in investigating how sponge microbiomes influence the reproductive strategies of their hosts. I am particularly intrigued by the role that sponges, functioning as holobionts, play in shaping ecosystem dynamics through their intricate interactions with microbial partners.