Tomas Vetrovsky from Petr Baldrian’s group of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology and the Institute of Microbiology CAS, Prague visited GERMS for two weeks this April.
I asked him to write a blog post about his experience here at ISU. I’d also like to highlight Tomas’s fantastic game, Garden of Ants (see below), that he developed which is a hybrid between a soil ecosystem and Starcraft. It is in its alpha stage but very playable on both Mac and PC - we had a ton of fun with it. You basically play the role of an ant colony trying to establish colonization in a fungal forest.
Here’s his post:
Most memorable things about visit:
- Kind and open minded people
- Wide possibilities for (self)realization
- Chinese food
What puzzles me about Americans:
- It is a huge country
- Ecology of microorganisms participating in organic matter transformation.
- Use of molecular biology methods including the high-throughput-sequencing (HTS) methods to analyze the genomes and transcriptomes of isolated strains and environmental metagenomes and metatranscriptomes.
- Bioinformatics, data analysis and development of software tools.
- Social insects
Tools that I share:
- SEED - is a free-to-use GUI-based sequence editor and pipeline for fast bioinformatic analysis of PCR amplicons on desktop computers according to the suggested workflow
Garden of Ants
Garden of Ants - is a platform independent real-time strategy written in java. The game simulates a living strategy of hypothetical ant species it is mainly inspired by leaf cutting ants - Atta.