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A new grant from the Danish Independent Research Fund

Amelia received a DFF project 2 as principal investigator in June 2021. The grant is a collaboration between the University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University. The co-investigators at AU are Prof. Bo Barker Jørgensen, Associate Prof. Hans Røy and Associate Prof. Kasper Urup Kjeldsen. The title of the project is “Seabed methane cycling by reversible electron transfer between archaea and bacteria”. We will be looking for new sources of methane in the seabed. We are really excited to start working on this topic. Here is a popular abstract (in danish) of the work we will be doing. Below you…Continue readingA new grant from the Danish Independent Research Fund

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Amelia has been in the news for receiving the Novo Nordisk Ascending Investigator award

After receiving the great news that the Novo Nordisk Foundation will support research in my lab on electromethanogenesis for the following 5 years, I’ve been interviewed by several journalists about the proposed work. Here are some of the articles they wrote: Major grant for research on microorganisms for producing sustainable biofuels 370 millioner kroner til 38 forskere

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Paola’s second biocorrosion paper got published

News with a slight delay. Our new article “A Win–Loss Interaction on Fe0 Between Methanogens and Acetogens From a Climate Lake” dealing with biocorrosion was published this May in Frontiers in Microbiology. In this work: We studied how microbial communities from climate lake sediments promote microbial-influenced Fe0 corrosion when no other electron donor and acceptors are available. Observed that Clostridia and Methanobacterium were the only groups detected after 11 subsequent transfers solely with zero valent iron (Fe0) as the electron donor. Methanobacterium were ineffective corroders in the absence of the acetogens, although they do not use acetate for methanogenesis. These results…Continue readingPaola’s second biocorrosion paper got published

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Ascending Investigator grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for Amelia

Ascending Investigator grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. It is an honor to have received a prestigious Novo Ascending Investigator grant in biotechnology synthesis and production. The Ascending program is aimed at supporting ambitious and original research projects and the continued development of top researchers in the Nordic region. This grant gives me the opportunity to continue my research on determining how electroactive methanogens utilize extracellular electron donors. Several PhD and postdoc positions will be announced soon, and hiring will happen during 2021-2022. If interested in this type of research, please contact me via email. Here is a popular and…Continue readingAscending Investigator grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for Amelia

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Updated preprint: Opportunistic microbial interactions on Fe0

Link to our preprint Our research revealed a new type of microbial interaction on Fe0 between methanogens (positively affected) and acetogens (negatively affected). Methanogens that were otherwise ineffective at metabolizing Fe0-electrons, become effective when co-existing with acetogens. We hypothesize methanogens do so by taking advantage of H2-evolving enzymes released by methanogens. We note the necessity to study the effects of associations between physiological groups on Fe0-corrosion, and not solely the effects of cultured isolates.