The Fall 2022 Biology Seminar Series continues with a talk from Dr. Spencer Nyholm, "The Hawaiian bobtail squid as a model host for studying defensive symbioses." The seminar is on Tuesday, October 4th, at 12:00pm.
The Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, is well known for its light organ association with the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri. Female squid also house a bacterial consortium as part of their reproductive system that helps protect developing eggs from pathogens. I'll cover our current research into understanding the function of this defensive symbiosis and how the association is established during development.