Tuesday 27th Nov. 2018
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 22:00
Cafe The Crown
Gedempte Zuiderdiep 2, 9711 HG 

Travel to Antarctic, searching for diesel degrading bacteria

Antarctica is a very attractive target for human exploration; however, the negative effects of
human activity on this continent can have serious consequences. Since various areas of
Antarctica have been contaminated with diesel fuel, biological decontamination can be
accomplished by biological processes, which represent an ecological and economical option.Since the introduction of foreign organisms into the Antarctica is prohibited, we will explore how native bacteria can be discovered and exploited to perform diesel bioremediation, and how this can be used in other circumstances.

Alejandro Gran Scheuch

Doctorate Student / Research Assistant

University of Groningen

Enzymes – Essential for life, desired for products

Although it is tricky to define ‘life’, it is fair to say that all biological life depends on enzymes.
These proteins can be viewed as cogs in the machinery of life. Each enzyme fulfils a small role, and the collaboration of all enzymes in a living cell is what makes it thrive. Yet, these cogs can also be used for unnatural processes. The use of enzymes can replace chemical processes with a greener alternative. Also, some everyday products contain enzymes, such as laundry detergent and certain brands of toothpaste. Still, there is work to be done to bring more enzymes to application.

Friso Aalbers

Doctorate Student in the Department of Biotechnology

University of Groningen

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