DATE: FRIDAY, February 24, 2017 TIME: 2:30 P.M. - Room 223 (Refreshments served at 2:15 pm) PLACE: Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Bldg. 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Dupont Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental Sciences
CULTURE INDEPENDENT APPLICATIONS IN INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY: FROM CONTAMINATED SITE REMEDIATION TO NOVEL ENZYME BACKBONE PROSPECTING
Two widely used approaches to culture independent investigations of microbial communities are targeted gene surveys and shotgun sequencing. Two studies, one using each of these approaches will be presented. The first study targeting 16S ribosomal RNA gene segment analyzes the microbial community at every two inch intervals over a 60-foot-deep soil core from a contaminated industrial site. The second project presents the use of shotgun sequencing of environmental DNA to discover novel enzyme backbones for enzymes of industrial interest.