Amplifying, sequencing, and quantifying genes with our suitcase lab to train 37 water researchers and professionals from 10 African countries via the GCRF Water Security and Sustainability Hub. Clear and comprehensive water quality findings within a week. A wonderful and successful workshop led skillfully by Rixia Zan, with support from NUMed Malaysia, Ardhi University and IWMI.
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Environmental DNA sequencing with Oxford Nanopore
Lara Urban and I feature in a webinar describing our experience with eDNA sequencing using the portable MinION of Oxford Nanopore Technologies. You can watch the webinar recording via the link embedded above.
Conference in Samsun
Relaxing with my good friends Profs Yuksel Ardali and Hrissi Karapanagioti after a successful Climate Cooperation and Green Deal Symposium 2022 in Samsun at Ondokuz Mayis University. Yuksel and Hrissi visited Newcastle University with their children for a few months over 10 years ago. It goes to show the importance of face to face meetings and informal conversations, which transform professional contacts into life-long friendships.
Mangrove forest restoration
Hike with Alemseged
Tracking Vibrio cholerae
Read about our work over several years with colleagues at Ardhi University in Tanzania on the attenuation of bacterial hazard indicators in the subsurface of an informal settlement.
Process intensification using LEDs in algal ponds
Our recent paper reports that combining red LEDs and sunlight in deep high rate algal ponds has a high potential for digestate treatment where extensive pond areas are prohibitive. A great outcome of our continuing collaboration with lead author and former colleague Cesar Mota, who is now an academic at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Citizen science podcase
Dr Haile and I participated in a podcast on citizen science methods to address flooding and water pollution risks in the Akaki catchment, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Lab in a Van
Our latest paper describes a mobile laboratory for fecal pollution source tracking with onsite qPCR assays. In 3 hours from sampling to results. Excellent work by Rixia Zan, Kishor Acharya, and Adrian Blackburn.