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London Lecture: How algae help bacteria clean up oil spills



Thursday 13 February 2020, 6:30pm


Regent Street Cinema, London

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All lectures, Normal, London Lectures

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Free, booking essential

Thursday 13 February, 6.30pm

UEA London Lectures 2020

How algae help bacteria clean up oil spills

Dr David Lea-Smith

Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HW

To clean up oil spills, should we be looking to the ocean? Algae produce hydrocarbons similar to the compounds found in diesel - and the large scale algal hydrocarbon production in our oceans is equivalent to annual Saudi Arabian oil production. However, recently identified populations of hydrocarbon producing and degrading microbes in the Mariana Trench - the deepest known location on Earth - may play a role limiting oil pollution in this unique environment.

Join Dr David Lea-Smith as he explains how algal hydrocarbon production may support populations of microbes that degrade oil spills.


UEA London Lectures give audiences the opportunity to hear about current UEA research and to meet and reminisce with UEA alumni, all at the Regent Street Cinema in the heart of London.

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