Course

•June 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Curso: Biopelículas y Biocorrosión

Course: Biofilms and Biocorrosion

Yucatán, Mexico, July 7-11, 2008.

The course will be held in spanish and english.

You can find a pdf copy of the program in Spanish HERE.

El curso será impartido en español e inglés.

Puedes encontrar un pdf del programa en Español AQUÍ.

Dirigido a: A profesionales – Ingenieros, Técnicos, Investigadores, Estudiantes Especializados o de Posgrado – principiantes,  relacionados con las áreas de Corrosión y Mantenimiento.

El contenido del curso cuenta con enfoque a las industrias: petrolera, del papel, naval, alimentaria y distribución y tratamiento de aguas, entre otras.

Contenido sintetizado:

Biopelículas (propiedades, importancia, métodos para su estudio)
Corrosión (fundamentos electroquímicos y teoría de corrosión)
Biocorrosión (bioelectroquímica, mecanismos, inhibición microbiana de la corrosión)
Caracterización, Seguimiento y Control de la Biocorrosión (muestreo, inspección, técnicas cultivo dependientes, moleculares y electroquímicas, métodos y recomendaciones generales para el control)

Fecha:7 al 11 de julio de 2008
Hora: 9:00 a 15:00 hrs
Lugar:Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Costo:Profesionistas: $3,500.00

Mayores informes: http://www.ingquimica.uady.mx/educont/educont.html

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The inner life of a cell…

•June 8, 2007 • 2 Comments

I got this video from youtube, created by John Libler and his team at XVIVO at Harvard Univrsity, as part of the BioVisions program. It portrays a great variety of processes occurring inside a cell, such as DNA translation, diapedesis, microtubule depolymerization and vesicular transport along the cytoskeleton.

Quite an amazing work.

Biofilms in… Extraterrestrial Life

•April 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Finding even the tiniest life forms out of our planet Earth is extremely exciting. Microorganisms are spread throughout many ecosystems, living under a great diversity of “extreme” conditions (e.g. very high or low temperatures, anaerobic environments, desiccation, etc.). This ability makes these organisms potential candidates for living under extraterrestrial atmospheres, as it is reasonable to believe that life may occur under earth-like extreme conditions (as some planets or other celestial bodies might provide), favoring the establishment of microbial communities in the form of biofilms as long as there is liquid water present.

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Biofilms à la mode

•April 19, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The production of textiles is an important industry and even an important handcraft for several countries, whose despite its large scale of production has not implemented very innovative methods that can be considered different enough from ancient methods. However, Australian researchers have taken the usage of slimy biofilms to a next level–through art and science collaborative research–for developing fermented fabrics, which are biodegradable and form into any shape.

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Biofilms in… Diseases

•February 27, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Biofilms cause over 80% of infections [9] and approximately 65% of nosocomial infections caused by microorganisms in the developed world involve biofilms [3]. The associated costs with the treatment of these infections, in the United States, exceed one billion dollars per year [6, 8].

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The Actors in Biofilm Sc & Eng

•February 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Here there is a list about who is working in Biofilms Science and Engineering. I am trying to find companies, research centers, university groups, independent scientists, etc., if you have some suggestions please post them as comment off this topic and I will update the list.

Center for Biofilm Engineering (Montana State University, USA)
The Biofilm Institute (Initiative of the Center for Biofilm Engineering)
Environmental Biotechnology Group (TUDelft, The Netherlands)
Systems Biology (PNNL, USA)
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (UNSW, Australia)
The Martin Laboratory (Stanford University, USA)
Calgary Center for Innovative Technology (University of Calgary, Canada)
Center for Medical Mycology (USA)

I will be uploading more soon, when I get the time to do it.

Biofilms in… Microbial Fuel Cells

•February 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices in which bioelectrochemical reactions and biocatalytic transformations lead to the conversion of organic matter to electricity via microbial or enzymatic participation. MFCs principle of operation lies on electron transfer processes from viable microbial cells—which can be forming biofilms—or enzymes from an anode to a cathode (placed in an electrochemical cell functioning as a bioreactor) through an external conductor, due to the potential difference created between them.

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