Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire


Archaea

The “Archaea” thematic group was created in 2011 at the initiative of Patrick Forterre and Bruno Franzetti in order to gather biochemists and molecular biologists from the French archaea community. The goal was to facilitate exchanges and discussions around unifying themes related to Archaea, the third domain of life, in ecosystems, evolution and the fundamental processes of life. In 2021, the organization of the "Archaea" thematic group relies on an organizing committee made up of 6 members (Toulouse, Brest, Palaiseau, Orsay).

Our community is interested in understanding the fundamental molecular mechanisms of archaea, the diversity of their viruses and the adaptive limits of their living environment. Studies of Archaea lead to new scenarii for the appearance of life on Earth. The presence of archaea everywhere on earth, their diversity and their molecular characteristics is still puzzling. Studied by biochemists, microbiologists, evolutionists, molecular biologists and used by industry. Archaea are now considered as essential study models for life understanding.

Scientific interests

  • Place of archaea in evolution
  • Role of Archaea in soil and ocean microbial communities and in human microbiota
  • Molecular mechanisms responsible for the extraordinary adaptive capacities of archaea
  • How to harness the biodiversity and unique properties of Archaea to discover new molecules for biotechnology
  • Understand the fundamental cellular mechanisms based on Archean models  

Missions of the “GT Archaea”

  • Animate the archaea community within the SFBBM
  • Organize scientific events such as the annual day and seminars
  • Promote collaboration / cooperation between teams of the “GT Archaea”
  • Actions aimed at the general public

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Next meetings, news

 - GdR Archaea 2021 : From Environmental Biodiversity to Fundamental Cellular Processes - 18 et 19 oct. 2021

The SFBBM offers a price of 250 euros for the best poster

- Series of seminars in 2022

- Congrats to Solène Ithurbide for the price of the article of the month! Liao, Y., Ithurbide, S., Evenhuis, C., Löwe, J., Duggin, IG.Nat Microbiol 6, 594–605 (2021) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-021-00894-z

Organizational chart

Tamara Basta-Le Berre (I2BC- Gif sur Yvette)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(CBI-Toulouse), Chair
Didier Flament (Ifremer, Brest)
Jean-Louis Mergny (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
Hannu Myllykallio (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau), Vice-Chair

 

History

2010 Creation of the group on november 17
2020 Renewal of the scientific animation committee