Information on MASTS Webinars
Members of the marine science community are invited to watch MASTS webinars to learn about the latest breakthroughs, new technologies, and ground-breaking research in a broad variety of fields.
During these live programs, our expert speakers explain their top quality research to you, and answer questions submitted by viewers. The idea is to share innovations and ideas on a regular basis, support our work, and spark our imaginations.
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Join us for a webinar on: "Assessing the biotechnological potential of Antarctic and sub-Arctic sediment cores: a new resource for sustainable antibiotic"
Tuesday 4th July 2017 at 1pm - Register now
Join Dr Natalie Millán Aguiñaga (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California) for this webinar. Natalie is currently a MASTS Visiting Fellow at Strathclyde University working with Dr Katherine Duncan. Bacteria represent the most genetically diverse domain on Earth, while providing an essential component of all ecosystems. As a result, they are unsurpassed as the major source (greater than 70%) of natural products with antibiotic properties. In particular, one order of bacteria, the actinomycetes, are responsible for the production of over 10,000 bioactive compounds, accounting for over 45% of all bioactive microbial metabolites. The increasing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics has contributed to the urgent need for new antibiotics. Exploring new ecosystems can result in novel bacterial diversity which can be investigated as an exciting resource of new antibiotics. Polar and subpolar ecosystems are highly vulnerable to global climate change with consequences for biodiversity and community composition. The exploration of these environments, specifically sediments, represent a unique opportunity to discover and investigate new species of bacteria with biotechnological applications. Culture-dependent studies of 12 sediment cores from the Antarctic and sub-Arctic have generated a culture collection of 46 strains from the phylum Actinobacteria, including taxonomically unknown strains which represent an exciting resource for bioactive metabolite discovery. This work exploits the phylogenetic diversity (bacterial taxonomy and evolutionary relatedness) and secondary metabolite variation using cutting-edge comparative omics approaches for accelerated and efficient discovery of bioactive molecules against commercially valuable organisms.