We are now on day 3 of International Polar Week and today researchers from the Centre for Microbial Ecology and GenomicsDepartment of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Pretoria (UP) spoke to the audience on microbial ecology of Antarctic soils and the use of bioinformatics in understanding polar communities.

Dr Thulani Makhalanyane spoke about the microbial ecology of terrestrial polar soils and the Southern Ocean. This was followed by a talk given by Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Surendra Vikram, who spoke about using bioinformatics to understand the ecology of polar communities. Both talks fall within the NRF/SANAP funded project Disentangling the role of chemolithoautotrophs in the sequestration of atmospheric CO2 (PI: Dr Makhalanyane) and Microbial diversity, functionality and resilience in Antarctic terrestrial niche communities (PI: Professor Don Cowan).

Thanks to everyone who gave their time to present! We would also like to thank the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology for making the venue available and Professor Ian Meiklejohn from Rhodes University for making the Antarctic gear available. We look forward to the next event tomorrow, again from 12:30-13:20 in room 1-2 of the Geography building (Hatfield campus).

APECSSA Polar Week 2018 Day 4 Program


Order of Talks

  1. Microbial Ecology of terrestrial polar soils and the Southern Ocean; Dr Thulani Makhalanyane (Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, UP)
  2. Using bioinformatics to understand the ecology of polar communities; Dr Surendra Vikram (Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, UP)

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