Genome-based microbial community modeling

March 9, 2017

Elizabeth Edwards and Radhakrishnan Mahadevan of the University of Toronto are developing computational models using microbial genomes and metagenomes to uncover metabolic interactions in complex anaerobic microbial communities. They will identify and validate metabolic gaps pointing to metabolites exchanged among an anaerobic subsurface mixed microbial community that contains microbes used for bioremediation of toxic chlorinated solvents. This project aims to boost the efficiency of dechlorination in groundwater remediation, and resolve metabolic gaps in genome-scale models at the microbial community level.

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Treating mine wastewater using functional genomics

December 13, 2016

As pressures on Canada’s freshwater water supplies grow, the Canadian mining sector is seeking to develop the most sustainable approaches to mining. Dr. Lesley A. Warren of the University of Toronto, along with Dr. Jillian Banfield of University of California, Berkeley, is leading a project that will apply genomics, geochemistry and modeling to mining wastewaters to develop tools to better monitor, manage and reduce sulphur compounds in wastewaters. This project will lower management costs, decrease risk of environmental damage, and better safeguard Canada’s freshwater supplies.

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Delivery strategies and monitoring tools for anaerobic benzene and blkylbenzene bioremediation

August 1, 2016

As a result of extraction, transportation and refining processes, as well as accidental spills and leaks, BTEX compounds – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes – frequently pollute groundwater in all industrialized regions of the globe. In Canada and elsewhere, remediation of contaminated sites is difficult and costly. When possible, affected soils are dug up and treated or disposed of offsite. With $1 million awarded through the GAPP program, Dr. Elizabeth Edwards of the University of Toronto is working with SiREM, a Canadian leader in bioremediation, to scale up and commercialize anaerobic bioaugmentation cultures for in situ BTEX remediation.

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McEwen Mining event explains the applicability of genomics in mining [Video]

June 1, 2015

Researchers declared the human genome fully-mapped in 2003, after more than a decade of work. Today, says geochemist Lesley Warren, that same project would take a matter of weeks and be a fraction of the cost, and so the moment has arrived to put these advanced tools to work to solve mining most pressing challenges- “the tools are finally at a point where we can apply them readily.” This presentation was part of McEwen Mining’s Innovation Lunch and Learn Series, hosted at the company’s Toronto office.

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An Evaluation of Potential Genomic Applications in the Mining Industry [Report]

February 1, 2015

A report prepared by SRK Consulting identifying the ways in which the science of genomics could benefit the mining industry, economically and environmentally. The analyses reveals the many potential applications for genomics within mining, supporting activities ranging from exploration geology, baseline studies, and mineral extraction, to remediation and mine closure.

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Phytoremediation of nickel-copper mine tailings

January 25, 2015

With the help of Ontario Genomics, Ambiotek, an emerging company developing ea phytostabilization technology for use towards mine tailings reclamation, has partnered with Drs Daniel Campbell, Nathan Basiliko and Nadia Mykytczukat of the Vale Living with Lakes Centre at Laurentian University. Together, they are working to characterize the rhizosphere microbial communities of plants that grow on tailings near Sudbury, Ontario, with the long term aim of further developing the phytostabilization technology for colder environments.

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Genomics for Energy and Mining [Fact Sheet]

January 1, 2014

A fact sheet created by Genome Canada exploring the ways genomics can help find solutions to the challenges facing Canada’s energy sector. Enhancing hydrocarbon energy, coal and metal mining operations through genomics can help boost Canada’s outputs and advance international leadership in a field already worth $1.25 trillion.

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