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The Georgia Center University of Georgia Athens, Georgia Key to BioenerGy?
 

Summary: The Georgia Center ˇ University of Georgia ˇ Athens, Georgia
Key to BioenerGy?
A SYMPOSIUM IN HONOR OF
DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH PROFESSOR
JUERGEN WIEGEL
SEPTEMBER 19 to 20, 2011
Extremophiles: Key to Bioenergy is in honor of Distinguished Research Professor
Juergen K. W. Wiegel, who recently retired after 26 years as a faculty member in the
Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia. Professor Wiegel was one
of the first modern microbiologists to recognize the utility and importance of thermo-
philic anaerobes, which grow in the absence of air at temperatures above 55ēC. He
built one of the premier laboratories for the isolation and characterization of these
organisms. This work has led to the description of eight novel genera and 19 novel
species of bacteria, over 160 original scientific publications, and 3.5 million dollars in
extramural funding. He also led an international team funded by the National Science
Foundation to study the microbiology of extreme organisms at Kamchatka, Russia, a
remote location of with unique volcanic features that had never been studied before.
Many of the organisms isolated by Professor Wiegel have been groundbreaking in
the field of microbiology and biotechnology. In 1981 he isolated the first extremely
thermophilic anaerobe, Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus. This represented a group

  

Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

 

Collections: Biotechnology