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Organizing Committee:

Dirk Gevers, MIT, Cambridge, USA
Didier Mazel
, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
Fabiano Thompson, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Scientific committee:

Brian Austin, UK
Rita Colwell, USA
Diane McDougald, Australia
Shah Faruque, Bangladesh
Bruno Gomez-Gil, Mexico
Karl E. Klose, USA
Tetsuya Iida, Japan
G. Balakrish Nair, India
Martin Polz, USA
Tomoo Sawabe, Japan
Jean Swings, Belgium
David W. Ussery, Denmark

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There have been tremendous developments in the study of the biology of vibrios over the last two decades. Nearly 80 species are now officially recognized, some of which have well known ecological roles in nature. V. cholerae remains one of the main scourges of mankind, killing thousands of people yearly worldwide. Other vibrios e.g. V. anguillarum, V. harveyi and V. salmonicida are threats to reared marine animals. Vibrios are abundant in the marine environment and within the tissues/organs of several hosts e.g. fish and shellfish. More recently, certain vibrios have been associated with the mortality of corals and other cnidarians, worldwide. A wide range of biotechnological applications e.g. vaccine development, environmental monitoring and production of bioactive compounds are currently under way using vibrios. Seven species have their whole-genome completely sequenced and 20 are in progress, allowing detailed genomic and post-genomics analyses. We started up this series of conferences in 2005 as we thought it was timely to bring together researchers committed to the study of the biology of vibrios, in a unique interdisciplinary meeting. After the success of the first edition in Ghent, with over 130 attendees, from 32 countries, we will now meet in the Institut Pasteur (Paris) for the second edition.

The goal of this meeting is to have a forum of discussion of the present knowledge on vibrios as well as to identify the main research needs for future projects. Cutting-edge studies covering the four main streamlines of current research i.e. Biodiversity, Genetics/Genomics, Disease/Epidemiology, Ecology and Applications will be presented during Vibrio 2007. The meeting is targeted at bacterial taxonomists, microbial ecologists, geneticists and genome researchers, health management workers and students. Session topics will include:

Pangenome, speciation & biodiversity
Harmful and beneficial host-microbe interactions
Climate changes and cholera dinamics
Quorum sensing
Genome biology & chromosome segregation
Natural transformation
Human pathogens and pathogenesis