Rhodobacter workshop I. - 2023

With this Rhodobacter workshop we would like to bring together for the first time the scientific community working with these intriguing microorganisms. It will be an informal workshop centered around eight topics (see below).

Organised by

Mon 3 April 2023 until Tue 4 April 2023

Venue Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Wageningsche Berg


The topics of the Rhodobacter workshop are:

  • Microbial diversity and ecology
  • Genome editing
  • Photosynthesis
  • Gene regulation
  • Metabolism
  • Isoprenoid, Q10, carotenoid, hydrogen and PHB production
  • Protein production
  • Research tools

Rhodobacter species display a high metabolic versatility, being able to grow photo-, chemo-, auto- and heterotrophically. They are able to use a wide range of substrates, ranging from C1 compounds to fatty acids. They have been serving as model organisms for studying anoxygenic photosynthesis, metabolic regulation, chemotaxis and quorum sensing. They are natural producers of relevant bio-based compounds such as isoprenoids, PHB and hydrogen gas. The last years genome editing tools have become available that make it possible to develop Rhodobacter species as microbial cell factories.

Scientific committee:

  • Ruud A. Weusthuis, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands
  • Jules Beekwilder, Isobionics, The Netherlands
  • Enrico Orsi, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Tim J. Donohue, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Thomas Drepper, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Aurin Vos, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands

The meeting will consist of keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations.

The workshop will be sponsored by Isobionics and BASF.

More information about the venue, registration, costs, hotel, etc. will become available on a short notice.