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Making Sense of Sewage – Industrial Biotechnology

Lectures
Date
30 Jan 2018
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr James Chong, Department of Biology, University of York
Biotechnology

Event Information

Making Sense of Sewage – Industrial Biotechnology

Dr James Chong, Department of Biology, University of York

Along with more than 11 billion litres of waste water each day, the UK population flushes more than one million tonnes of organic material down its sewers every year. How is this material treated and where does it go? Through the process of anaerobic digestion, this waste has the potential for energy to be reclaimed and for much of the organic material to be recycled into useful resources. Anaerobic digestion is a widely-used, but poorly understood industrial biotechnology, the basis of which is a complex community of microbes. In this lecture I will explain how my group is using cutting-edge analytical methods to better understand these communities with the aim of developing methods to optimise and improve the recovery of resources from sewage.