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Polar Metabolites and their Potential Toxicity

Congratulations to Belinda Ferrari, her team and all those involved in this great publication “Characterization of polar metabolites and evaluation of their potential toxicity in hydrocarbon contaminated Antarctic soil elutriates”.

This paper has three main highlights:

  • Polar metabolites have a higher solubility than their parent hydrocarbons and are potentially bioavailable.

  • Nine aldehydes ranging from nC2-nC12 were found in hydrocarbon contaminated soil elutriates.

  • Aldehydes could be potential chemical markers for hydrocarbon degradation.

You can find this publication here.

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Congratulations to Nic for her thesis submission!

We are very pleased to share that Nic submitted his thesis on June 3. Nic did a great research using genome mining to identify polar soil bacterial communities with novel biosynthetic potential.

Her research had three main objectives:

  • To identify polar soil bacterial communities with novel biosynthetic potential

  • To establish a culture collection of Antarctic isolates with demonstrated bioactive capabilities

  • To perform whole genome sequencing on biotechnologically promising isolates for biosynthetic gene cluster (BGC) mining.

Check it out her publication here.

Congratulations Nic!

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Natural Product-Encoding Genes in Polar Soils

Congratulations to Belinda Ferrari, her team and all those involved in this great publication using genome mining to identify polar soil bacterial communities with novel biosynthetic potential.

This paper highlights the potential of Antarctic desert soils as excellent candidates for novel natural product bioprospecting and gives further insight into the functional and ecological relevance.

You can find this publication here.

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FerrariLab participates in the ANZMB 2019 conference

Belinda Ferrari, our lab founder, Nicky and Carol participated in the conference ANZMB 2019.

The Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society aims to be the primary voice of advocacy and representation for all aspects of marine biotechnology in Australia and New Zealand through developing and engaging in collaborations between scientists, technologists, investors, government, industry and community; informing educators and policy makers; and organising activities for the enhancement of science and exchange of knowledge and technology.

Belinda actively participated in the committee organizing the conference. Nicky and Carol presented nice and informative posters about “Antartic Bacterial Conversation” and “Characterization of the Emulsifying Activity in Antartic Soils Isolates“ respectively.