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Tuesday, November 24 • 12:30 - 14:15
B12: Microbial Biotechnology

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Abstract: Microorganisms are abundant, present everywhere with enormous diversity. They are scientifically most interesting with high potentials to address many global societal challenges. The workhop on Microbial Biotechnology will gather scientists with common interests in:
a) Microbial diversity & evolution
b) N2-fixation & sustainable agriculture
c) Soil microbial indicators for monitoring impact of climate change on crop production
d) Waste- & polluted-water treatment & bioremediation by microorganisms
e) Microorganisms for sustainable chemical, fuel and food production
The main aim of the workshop is to present the joint South African – Sweden research and education network on microbial diversity and biotechnology for a sustainable future established through the SASUF initiative.
Keywords: Microorganisms, Diversity and evolution, Sustainable food and agriculture, Bioremediation, Renewable chemicals and fuels

Preliminary PROGRAM - Please note the time has been changed and that the schedule below is following the Swedish time zone: 12.30 – 14.15. For South African time zone, please add 1 hour, thus the whole program for South Africans runs from 13:30-15:45)

12:30-12:35  GENERAL INTRODUCTION by Felix Dakora (Tshwane University, South Africa) and Peter Lindblad (Uppsala University, Sweden)

12:35-12:45 Title to be announced -  professor Felix Dakora  (Dpt of Chemistry, Tshwane University, Pretoria South Africa)

12:45-12:55  Green Cell Factories - professor Peter Lindblad (Dpt of Chemistry, Uppsala, Sweden)

12:55-13:05 Nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria in Northern areas -  professor Anita Sellstedt (Dpt of Plant physiology, UPSC, Umeå University, Sweden)
13:05-13:15  Endophytic bacteria of Bt Maize: Community composition and functions? - professor Carlos Bezuidenhout (with co-presenters Mashiane RA, Adeleke RA and Chirima G, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

13:15-13:25 Novel sustainable applications in forest biotechnology - Dr. Natuschka Lee (with co-presenters Mehrdad Arshadi, Torgny Mossing, Ulla-Britt Östman, Hanna Lundgren, Olof Öhgren -  at UmU, SLU, Swedish Cellulse Industry SCA, Bo Rydin foundation)
13:25-13:35 Microbes - versatiles factories for sustainable chemicals, food and antimicrobials    professor Rajni Hatti Kaul (Dpt of Biotechnology, Lund University, Sweden)

13:35-14:00  DISCUSSION (future collaborations and proposals)

14:00-14:10 Investigating the potential of Nordic microalgae for wastewater reclamation and biomass generation, Christiane Funk (Department of Chemistry, Umeå University)

14:10-14.15 CLOSING WORDS by professor Felix Dakora (Tshwane University, Pretoria South Africa) and professor Peter Lindblad (Uppsala University, Sweden)


Rajni Hatti Kaul

Professor, Lund University
I am a professor in biotechnology, interested in social innovation.
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Natuschka Lee

Researcher, Umeå University, Malmö University, Swedish University of Agrilcultural Sciences
We conduct research on how microorganisms interact and develop with the various biospheres and geospheres on our planet, and how this knowledge can increase our chances of creating a sustainable and healthy existence on Earth and in space. Based on fundamental research on microbiological... Read More →
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Rasheed Adeleke

Professor, North-West University
Rasheed Adeleke is presently a Full Professor with North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, North-West province of South Africa. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Pretoria. He is an alumnus of the Borlaug fellowship programme at Cornell University as well as a... Read More →
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Christiane Funk

Professor, Umeå University
The aim of our consortium MicroBioRefine is to investigate environmental and economic sustainability of biomass production by Nordic photosynthetic microorganisms (algae and cyanobacteria) grown on local flue gases and wastewaters. Our approach recycles carbon dioxide and water, but... Read More →
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Peter Lindblad

Professor, Uppsala University
I lead Microbial Chemistry at Uppsala University (Sweden), a concentrated effort to explore the biotechnological potential of cyanobacteria. The R&D focuses on developing tools needed to modify cyanobacteria for sustainable production of chemicals and fuels from solar light and CO2... Read More →
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Felix Dapare Dakora

Professor, Chemistry Department, Tshwane University of Technology
Prof Dakora obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture from the University of Ghana in 1977, an MSc degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1981, and a PhD in Botany from the University of Western Australia, Perth, 1989. He currently holds a South African Research Chair... Read More →

Tuesday November 24, 2020 12:30 - 14:15 CET
Zoom Room B