Kristen DeAngelis, Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, will present a seminar entitled “Harnessing emergent properties of anaerobic decomposing microbial communities for next-generation cellulosic biofuels” on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. in Rm 270 Soils Bldg. DeAngelis is a candidate for a Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative faculty position.
Seminar abstract: The efficient use of lignocellulose as a sustainably produced biofuel is an issue of international importance. In natural systems characterized by high decomposition rates, understanding the conversion of plant biomass to energy can inform development of novel next-generation biofuels. My work examines microbial function at the single-cell scale, the population scale, and the community scale in anaerobic or fluctuating redox potential tropical forest soils. During this talk I will discuss efforts to understand how microbial communities adapt to changing environments, and how microbial conversion of plant material to energy is affected.