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"It's a small world: the environment from a microbial perspective" by Ian Singleton (Professor of Environmental Microbiology)

Edinburgh Napier University

Thursday, 14 November 2019 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

"It's a small world:  the environment from a microbial...

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Microbes are the unseen ‘engine’ of our world. They form the basis of our ecosystems and seem to be present nearly everywhere we look for them.

Microbes generally receive ‘bad press’ and we associate them with negative aspects such as disease but without them life and the environment as we know it would be very different. This lecture will introduce you to the incredible diversity of microorganisms present on the earth and highlight some of their positive and negative functions in the environment, based on my personal research experience and career.

The first part of the talk will look at the interactions of microbes with pollutants and discuss how microbes can be used to clean up contaminated environments. We will then progress to microbial interactions with plants with a focus on microbial spoilage of fresh plant produce.

A large part of my research has been involved with studies on novel methods to reduce microbial spoilage of plant products, such as fruit and leafy produce, and I will show how this work led to the development of two University start up companies with colleagues.

Since arriving in Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in 2016 I have carried on the microbial spoilage work and have expanded into other areas including the role of microbes in affecting plant growth and studies on the pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, commonly found on ready to eat plant produce.

This lecture will provide you with a microbial perspective on the environment, the links between fundamental and applied research, and the importance of collaboration (and some luck) in research and my career.

 

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Free parking is available at our Craiglockhart Campus, however we are well-served by public transport to and from the centre of the city. In addition, there are numerous cycle paths in the area and bike storage facilities on site.

Doors open and guests to be seated 6.15 pm

Drinks and canapes will be served from 7.30 pm in the foyer


 

 

 

 

 

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Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus
219 Colinton Road
EH14 1DJ EDINBURGH
United Kingdom

Thursday, 14 November 2019 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)


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