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More on the participation of IBB in FEMS2023

More on the participation of IBB in FEMS2023 | iBB | Scoop.it

Massive representation of IBB at FEMS 2023, the largest Microbiology meeting in Europe, that took place in Hamburg, 9-13 July 2023. PhD students Sara Gomes (Poster entitled “Evolution of Burkholderia multivorans traits required for persistent infections of the cystic fibrosis lung”), Mirela Ferreira (Poster entitled “Characterization of multicellular aggregates formed by Burkholderia multivorans”), Marta Mota (Co-chairing the Industrial Microbiology and Bioeconomy Session and Offered Talk entitled “Candida boidinii, an oleaginous methylotrophic yeast species attractive as a platform for methanol-based biomanufacturing”), Miguel Antunes (Offered Talk entitled “The Hrk1 kinase as a modulator of ion homeostasis and acetic acid stress tolerance in yeast”) and Inês Costa (Offered Talk entitled “Candida glabrata’s genomic plasticity shapes the clinical evolution of biofilm formation”) have presented their work. Miguel Cacho Teixeira (Member of the Program Committee, Charing the Genetics and Genomics Session and Invited Talk entitled “Drug transporters in pathogenic yeasts: in the crossroad between drug resistance and pathogenesis”) and Isabel Sá-Correia (Co-chairing the Yeast strategies to resist relevant stresses in bioindustries and fungal biology and chemistry Session and Invited Talk entitled “Mechanisms underlying adaptation and tolerance to short-chain fatty acids in yeasts”) were also invited to participate. Altogether, all have enjoyed the conference and the chance to re/connect with colleagues and friends from the European microbiology community.

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https://www.fems2023.org/

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Marta Mota Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’21

Marta Mota Delivers Oral Presentation at Microbiotec’21 | iBB | Scoop.it

Marta Mota, a PhD student of the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, PhD program in Biotechnology and Biosciences, (FCT doctoral programme in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (DP_AEM)), presented her work during the symposium on “Microbiotech for a Sustainable Future” of Microbiotec’ 21 Congress taking place online from 23-26 November. The presentation was entitled “Promising Genetic Determinants of Methanol Tolerance for Yeast Robustness Engineering for Biorefineries”. This work was performed in the Biological Sciences Research Group of iBB - Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, under Professor Isabel Sá-Correia’s supervision.

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Exploring Yeast Diversity to Produce Lipid-based Biofuels

Exploring Yeast Diversity to Produce Lipid-based Biofuels | iBB | Scoop.it

Exploration of yeast diversity for the sustainable production of biofuels, in particular biodiesel, is gaining momentum in recent years. A BSRG-iBB review paper, just published in the Journal of Fungi (Special Issue: Yeasts for a Sustainable Circular Bio-Based Economy), provides an overview of lipid production by oleaginous yeasts focusing on yeast diversity, metabolism, and other microbiological issues related to the toxicity and tolerance to multiple challenging stresses limiting bioprocess performance. Examples gathered from the literature showing the potential of different oleaginous yeasts/process conditions to produce oils for biodiesel from agro-forestry and industrial organic residues are also provided. This publication has as first-author the PhD student Marta N. Mota of the IST PhD programme in Biotechnology and Biosciences and as corresponding author her thesis supervisor, Professor Isabel Sá-Correia. Paula Múgica, from BIOREF—Collaborative Laboratory for Biorefineries, also contributed to the publication during her stay at BSRG-iBB for scientific training and collaboration in the execution of the Move2LowC project.

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Marta Mota Receives Outstanding Student Poster Award in the World Microbe Forum

Marta Mota Receives Outstanding Student Poster Award in the World Microbe Forum | iBB | Scoop.it

In the interactive poster (iPoster) presented by Marta Mota  to the international conference World Microbe Forum (online conference, 20-24 June 2021), a joint initiative by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Federation of European Microbiological Sciences (FEMS), the candidate genes and the regulatory networks involved in overcoming methanol toxicity in the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae were reported. These results provide useful information to guide the genome engineering of methylotrophic yeast species, and other yeasts copying with methanol toxicity in industrial bioprocesses. This work was performed at BSRG-iBB by the PhD student of the PhD programme in Biotechnology and Biosciences Marta Mota (FCT_DP AEM fellowship) under Prof. Isabel Sá-Correia’s supervision and with the collaboration of Luís Martins, a former PhD student of the program. This iPoster was selected by ASM and by FEMS for the Outstanding Student Award.

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