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Bioprospecting in Extreme and Unusual Environments for Novel Microbes

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • 4:30 PM

A discussion led by Dr. Jay Regan (Penn State) and Dr. Ignacio Vargas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile)

There is remarkable metabolic diversity among microorganisms, and we often make use of their various capabilities for sustainable purposes such as energy production or contaminant removal. Dr. Jay Regan (Professor of Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Ignacio Vargas (Associate Professor in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering) have collaborated for years on bioprospecting efforts, which involves searching for novel microbes that thrive under extreme conditions of potential use in various applications. Their work has focused on extreme microbial activities that can improve performance of bioelectrochemical systems for electricity production from wastes or natural organics, anaerobic digestion for biomethane production, and arsenic and perchlorate removal. They will discuss opportunities for bioprospecting and their activities at sites in central Pennsylvania heavily impacted by acid mine drainage, at Volcán Tacora at the northern border of Chile, and Yellowstone National Park.

Please note: Registration for events in this series is required and, given the topics and speakers, we anticipate interest to be high. For this reason, each event is limited to 25 Scholars and early registration is strongly encouraged. Participants of each event will also receive a complimentary electronic gift card.

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