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Applied & Environmental Microbiology
August 17-22, 1997
Salve Regina University
Newport, RI
Chair:
Parmely H. Pritchard

Vice Chair:
Lily Y. Young

APPLICATIONS OF METABOLIC ENGINEERING

Discussion Leader: Ivica Labuda (Givaudan Roure Plane)
  • Willem de Vos (Netherlands) - Molecular biology and biotechnologly of lactic acis fermentations.
  • Richard Baltz (E.I. Lily Company) - Application of molecular genetics to yield enhancement and production of novel glycopeptides in Streptomyces

IMPLICATIONS OF GENETIC ADAPTATION IN METABOLIC PATHWAYS

Discussion Leader: Peter Williams (Wales)
  • Jan van der Meer (Switzerland) - Evolution of regulatory systems in catabolic pathways.
  • Gerben Zylstra (Rutgers University) - Diversity of genes for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degradation.
  • Dirk Springael (Belgium) - Microbial adaptation to PCB contamination and DNA rearrangements.

MOLECULAR TOOLS IN ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

Discussion Leader: T. Barkay (Israel)
  • Mary Ann Moran (University of Georgia) - Detection of functional and taxonomic attributes of individual bacterial cells in environmental samples using in situ PCR approaches.
  • Shimshon Belkin (Israel) - Monitoring bacterial responses to oxidative stress: environmental applications

MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS WITH EUKAROTES

Discussion Leader: Colleen Cavanaugh (Harvard University)
  • Ned Ruby (University of Hawaii) - The Vibrio fisheri-Euprymna scolopes light organ symbiosis
  • Paul Baumann (University of California Davis) - Biology of the Buchnera-aphid symbiotic association
  • Steve Winans (Cornell University) - Quorum Sensing in the Rhizosphere

MEASUREMENT OF MICROBIAL PROCESSES IN SITU

Discussion Leader: Harold Drake (Germany)
  • Niels Peter Revsbech (Denmark) - Biofilm metabolism studied with microscale biosensors for nitrate and methane
  • Joyce Loper (Oregon State University) - In situ expression of genes mediating biological control of plant disease by Peudomonas fluorescens in the rhizosphere.

IMPORTANCE OF BIODEGRADATION PROCESSES CHARACTERIZATION TO BIOREMEDIATION

Discussion Leader: Max Haggblom (Rutgers University)
  • Jim Spain (Air Force) - Biodegradation of nitro aromatics
  • Caroline Harwood (University of Iowa) - Molecular inroads and insights into the anaerobic degradation of aromatic rings.
  • Lisa Alvarez-Cohen (Stanford University) - Models for TCE cometabolism.

CONNECTING MICROBIAL COMMUNITY STRUCTURE WITH FUNCTION

Discussion Leader: Richard Devereux (EPA)
  • David Kirchman (University of Delaware) - Degradation of natural dissolved organic material by marine bacteria: global carbon cycles from a molecular level.
  • Bess Ward (University of California - Santa Cruz) - Environmental regulation of biogeochemical nitrogen cycles and linkage to community diversity and composition.

FROM LAB TO FIELD WITH HYDROCARBONS, PCBs, AND FUNGI

Discussion Leader: Eugene Madsen (Cornell University)
  • Josef Zeyer (Switzerland) - Anaerobic degradation of fuels in aquifiers: Quantification of processes.
  • Ken Fish (General Electric) - PCB degradation in Hudson River sediment microcosms.
  • Richard Lamar (Intech One Eighty Corp.) - Evolution of fungal-based soil remediation from basic studies of wood decay

COMPETITION, COEXISTENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Discussion Leader: Hap Pritchard (Naval Research Laboratory)
  • David Stahl (Northwestern University) - Competition and coexistence of sulfate-reducing and methanogenic poulations in anaerobic biofilms.
  • Steve Lindow (University of California - Berkeley) - Habitat-specific gene expression: measuring habitat composition and characteristics using reporter gene fusions in situ.

 
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