Genomics: Changing the way we mine
Wednesday February 18, 2015 12:00pm-1:00pm
Northwest Community College - Smithers
Sue Baldwin, UBC professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, leads a discussion about the treatment of mine-affected water through the applications of bioremediation and meta-genomics. Bioremediation is a useful approach for treating mine-affected water. It is based on natural biogeochemical processes and can be more cost-effective than chemical precipitation. Since bioremediation effectiveness depends on microorganisms, we need to be able to track them and understand how to maintain the desired types. This can be done using new DNA technologies such as meta-genomics. This talk will describe what bioremediation is in a mining context and introduce meta-genomics and what it can do.