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Research Arctic Centre Collaboration Dutch collaboration Willem Barentsz Polar Institute Information for participants Research plans

Microbical biodiversity and the search for metabolic pathways

Janneke Krooneman

During SEES-2020 we will study microbial biodiversity and its dynamics compared to 2015. Focussing on its possible relations to climate change, pollution, (recent) industrial activities and increased marine traffic-movements. Additionally, we will use the unique pristine biodiversity of the Arctic ecosystem in our search for metabolic pathways (genetic level and living organisms) related to cell-lysis of bacteria/algae at low temperatures. The enzymes are of interest for sustainable (low temperature and low energy demanding) release of green chemicals produced intracellularly by bacteria/algae (e.g. bioplastics), making them competitive with fossil-based chemicals/plastics.

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