Turning Back Time: The Use of Natural Microbial Processes to Improve Soil Health in China and Australia

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This seminar will provide new insights for developing an efficient and environmental-friendly alternative for Chinese and Australian contaminated soils remediation using plants and their associated microorganisms.

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Date:
Thursday 25 May 2017 02:30 pm until Thursday 25 May 2017 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Jean Zhang
03 9479 3889; csrc@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Associate Professor Ashley Franks
Type of Event:
Seminar/Workshop/Training
Cost:
Free

Remediating polluted soils is an impelling priority for many industrialised countries, including China and Australia. To meet this demand, new innovative ideas and methods are required. The China Studies Research Centre (CSRC) his supporting collaboration between the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing China and La Trobe University’s Applied and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory for a study of the structure and functional abilities of beneficial soil microbial community associated with plants within relevant systems. These interactions can be utilised to improve the removal of contaminants from soils by balancing naturally occurring microbes and with native grasses in an environmentally sustainable manor. This CSRC-supported study will provide new insights for developing an efficient and environmental-friendly alternative for Chinese and Australian contaminated soils remediation using plants and their associated microorganisms.

About the Speaker

Reader/Associate Professor Ashley Franks is head of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory at La Trobe University. He conducted his doctorate research as part of the Centre of Marine Biofouling and Bioinnovation at the University of New South Wales by investigating antifungal compounds produced by marine bacteria in biofilms. Ashley has since worked on microbial interactions in at the University of Exeter in the UK, in the Biomerit Research Centre in Cork, Ireland as a Government of Ireland Fellow in Science Technology and Engineering. He was a Research Professor within the Geobacter Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the USA where he worked on microbes that make electricity. This research project involves close collaboration of La Trobe researchers Assoc Prof Ashley Franks and ECR Dr Eleonora Egidi with Assoc Prof Wuxing Liu, based in the Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Nanjing, China.

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