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KBC-Days 2009

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The KBC Days 2009 will take place on 16-17 November 2009

All members of the KBC-Departments are welcome to two days of communication, celebration and inspiration. We cordially invite our research partners and friends who like to learn more about our centre.

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Fascination of Plants Day 2017

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Master thesis presentation: Elena van Zalen

Tue. 4 Jun, 2019 14:00 - 15:00
Master thesis presentation

Elena van Zalen

Department of Plant Physiology

Title: Integrating machine learning and co-expression networks to identify components of abiotic stress responses in Norway spruce 

Supervisor: Nathaniel Street

Room: KB.J3.02

Seminar: Keith Cowan

Tue. 4 Jun, 2019 14:00 - 16:00

Keith Cowan
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology, Rhodes University (EBRU), South Africa

Title: Water repair - the essence of biotechnology for a circular economy

Host: Christiane Funk (Department of Chemistry, Umeå University)


Potable water is becoming a scarce resource in many parts of the world and there is increasing pressure on food production systems. Also, increasing pressure is being exerted to obtain energy from sources other than fossil fuels. In many regions, the most extensive user and curator of terrestrial ecosystems is agriculture which is also the de facto steward of natural resources. In short, very few institutions come close to the comparative advantage held for this vital responsibility while simultaneously providing food, fibre, and other biology-based products including energy. Since modern commercial agriculture has transitioned from production of bulk commodities to the provision of standardised products and specific-attribute raw materials, we can argue that processes such as cultivation of microalgae and the concept of bio-refineries be seen as part of a ‘new’ and very necessary agronomy. At EBRU, we have been exploring integration of microalgae-based bioprocess technologies to achieve wastewater treatment, water recycle and re-use, energy production, and biomass utilisation. Efforts to establish a fully operational solar-driven microalgae bio-refinery for use not only in wastewater remediation but to transform waste and biomass to energy, fuels, and other useful materials (valorisation), with particular focus on environmental quality and sustainability goals remains challenging.