Third NorFA workshop on Microbial Ecology and Bioremediation in Cold Climate (MECBIO)

Published 08-11-2004

The meeting is free of charge and will take place at Geocentre Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, Copenhagen K. For registration, send an e-mail to Sebastian R. Sørensen (, marked "NorFA Workshop" in the subject field .


Monday 8th November

  • 9:00-10:00 Katrin Vorkamp (Denmark) National Environmental Research Institute, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program. Persistent organic pollutants in the Arctic: sources, levels and routes of transport.
  • 10:00:11:00 William W. Mohn (Canada) University of British Columbia, Department of Microbiology & Immunology. The diversity and characterization of viable microorganisms from contaminated arctic soils.
  • 11:00-12:00 Lyle Whyte (Canada) McGill University. Biodiversity in Arctic permafrost - unique perennial cold salt springs on Axel Heiberg Island . Arctic bioremediation (AlkB genes).
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-13:45 Xiaojun Zhang and Åsa Frostegård (Norway). Dep. of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway "Spread of invading organisms depends on selective advantages lindane degrading bacteria and indigenous competitors".
  • 13:45-14:30 Åsgeir Almås and Lars R. Bakken (Norway). Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway "Sorption to soil colloids protects bacteria from toxic trace metals
  • 14:30-15:15 Thomas Kruse (Denmark) GEUS, Dept. of Geochemistry. Bioremediation of jetfuelA1-contaminated tundra soil effects of N and P addition.
  • 15:15-15:45 Coffee break
  • 15:45-16:30 Anders R. Johnsen (Denmark) GEUS, Dept. of Geochemistry. Microbial strategies to increase PAH-bioavailability, and implications for bioaugmentation.
  • 16:30-19:00 Presentation of PhD projects
  • 20:00 Dinner

Tuesday 9th November

  • 9:00-10:00 William E. Holben (USA) University of Montana, Missoula. Use of computer software for evaluation of DGGE-based diversity changes.
  • 10:00-11:00 Charles Greer (Canada) Biotechnology Research Institute, Montreal. An envionmental genomics approach to profiling natural microbial communities during petroleum bioremediation in the high Arctic.
  • 11:00-12:00 Eske Willerslev (Denmark/UK). Use of direct DNA extraction from permafrost soils to describe ancient ecosystem composition.
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-13:45 Carsten S. Jacobsen (Denmark). GEUS, Dept. of Geochemistry. Live bacteria in Greenland ice.
  • 13:45-15:15 Vigdis Torsvik, (Lise Øvreås), Steffen Leth (Norway). University of Bergen, Department of Microbiology.
  • 15:15-15:45 Coffee break
  • 15:45-18:00 Presentation of PhD projects

MECBIO network coordinators:
Vigdis Torsvik, professor, University of Bergen, Department of Microbiology, Norway.
Carsten Suhr Jacobsen, professor, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Department of Geochemistry, Denmark.
Åsa Frostegård, professor, Agricultural University of Norway, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Norway.
Bjarne Langfald, associate professor, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science, University of Tromsø, Norway.
Bo Mattiasson, professor, Lund University, Center for Chemical and Chem.Engin., Dept. of Biotechnology, Sweden.
Kristina Lindstrøm, docent, Helsingfors Universitet, Institutionen för Tillämpad Kemi och Mikrobiologi, Finland.