Future SciBars

David NolanAll talks begin at 6:30 at the Park Tavern, but get down early to get a seat and a beer.

Here’s a sneak peek at who’s to come:

Beers, Mushrooms and Biofuels

Monday 24th June 2019

Speaker: Dr Jolanda Van Munster, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology & School of Chemistry, University of Manchester.

We exploit fungi for brewing and enjoy them as food, but this incredibly versatile group of organisms is capable of much more. Fungi can effectively recycle dead plant material, an impressive achievement since plant cell wall structures consist of complex polymers that evolved to be strong and difficult to break down. In this talk, I’d like to share my fascination for microbes with you, and together look at how advances in molecular biology led to our understanding of how fungi degrade plant biomass. I’ll then discuss the opportunities and challenges of applying this knowledge in biotechnology to convert agricultural waste into sustainable materials, fuels and chemicals.

Future SciBar speakers and draft topics:

Monday 24th June – Jolanda Van Munster – Fungi and enzymes

Monday 22nd July – Hayley Hilton – Pain in dogs

Monday 19th August – Stuart Schofield – Photographs