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Polar Actinobacteria for Microcystin degradation

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Sylvia Soldatou

Project Description

Cyanobacteria (blue green algae) cause toxic blooms (microcystins) in aquatic systems as a result of pollution and global warming. Despite microcystins being a global problem, very little chemical data exists on their biodegradation products. This study will assess the biodegradation properties of Polar actinobacteria genera isolated from Antarctic and Artic sediments. The degradation rate will be assessed and following successful biodegradation, the products will be identified and analysed.
This project will promote the development and use of microorganisms to provide solutions for societal challenges., including the ability of these strains to biodegrade other toxins such as nodularin and cylindrospermopsin as well as shellfish toxins like saxitoxins.

In collaboration and partnership with University of Strathclyde

Status Project Live
Funder(s) Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance
Value £4,000.00
Project Dates Sep 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021