Industrial Microorganisms

Microorganisms | Public Science

We’re using our understanding of ecology and evolution to identify wild microorganisms in our environment that have unique industrial applications. These microorganisms include yeasts from bumblebees that make better sour beers, yeasts from wasps that make superior breads, and bacteria that create pollution-reducing enzymes. We work with collaborators across the university and industry partners (big and small) to bring these microorganisms to market. In learning about how they can be useful to industrial applications, we learn more about their ecology and the secret relationships that exist among the microscopic life nearest us. Our secondary goal is to use these beers to educate the public on the diversity of microbial life and the application of such discoveries.

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Anne Madden, Post-doc

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