Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

Webinar: From impossible to possible: a story of anaerobic oxidation of methane

Anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) had long been thought to be impossible. This belief was changed when the first observation of the removal of methane from anoxic environments was reported in 1970s. After another 40 years of endeavour, scientists eventually discovered a consortium of microorganisms which is capable of performing AOM coupled to the reduction of nitrate and nitrite. In this seminar, I will introduce the history of AOM research, the metabolic potential of those “impossible” microorganisms, and the potential future applications of AOM. Particularly, I will describe the contributions we have been making to this research field.

Dr Chen Cai obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Central South University (Changsha, China) and his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China). His master work focuses on enrichment and characterization of microorganisms mediating nitrite-dependent anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). During his PhD at Advanced Water Management Centre of The University of Queensland, He expanded his research interests by focusing on AOM coupled to nitrate reduction and its application in wastewater treatment, and AOM coupled to metal oxide reduction, which may represent an important microbial process driving global biogeochemical cycles of methane and metals. Now he is working as a postdoctoral research fellow within Prof Zhiguo Yuan’s ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship.

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Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 02 October 2020
Venue: Zoom

Event Contact: AWMC Seminar Team