Week 1

From physiology to ecology

Recent quantitative measurements in biology, ecology and genomics unravel several universal regularities connecting genomes, phenotypes and physiological traits. Some of these universals might qualify as “biological laws” in a similar sense as “law” is understood in modern physics. Focusing on microorganisms, a current challenge for experimentalists and theoreticians is the understanding of the interplay between growth, metabolism and interactions of ecological origin (which develop even in evolving “clonal” populations). The scope of this workshop is to give an overview of the current state of the field, exploring quantitative laws at different levels, from physiology to ecosystems.