Microbial Cycling of Volatile Organic Compounds: Biogeochemistry to Biotechnology 2022: a view from Twitter
Posted on June 9, 2022 by Kimberley Ndungu
On 26—25 May 2022, the Society hosted the first Focused Meeting of the year, Microbial Cycling of Volatile Organic Compounds: Biogeochemistry to Biotechnology 2022. Here, we look at Twitter for some of the highlights of #VOCmicrobes22.
With a full scientific programme prepared to address recent advances in the field of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOC) microbiology, we were looking forward to hearing from a range of speakers and poster presenters and being able to welcome our delegates in person!
We were pleased to see our delegates were just as excited to attend…
…as were our sponsors, NCIMB, Humane Technologies Limited, Kore Technology and Constant Systems.
The first talk came from our Keynote Speaker, Chris Greening (Monash University, Australia), who presented his lecture on atmospheric carbon monoxide oxidation.
During persistence, Mycobacteria can modify their respiratory chain to oxidise atmospheric CO as their sole carbon source... essentially live off air 😬 (Chris Greening, Monash) #VOCmicrobes22 pic.twitter.com/fyZuBqhW9r— Waqar Ahmed (@Waqar___) May 25, 2022
Continuing the session on the overview, production and degradation of terpenes, Colin Murrell and Leanne Sims (both University of East Anglia, UK) each gave talks focusing on isoprene’s involvement in current climate changes.
Excellent talks by Colin Murrell and Leanne Sims from UEA on isoprene degrading bacteria.— Waqar Ahmed (@Waqar___) May 25, 2022
Important because isoprene is one of the most abundant VOCs in the atmosphere (we also breathe it out 😉) and indirectly contributes to global warming #VOCmicrobes22 pic.twitter.com/VSC42FAlem
Then, Phillip Pichon (University of Essex, UK) shared research on the microbial degradation of acetaldehyde in freshwater and marine environments.
Acetaldehyde plays a key role in atmospheric chemistry by altering the atmosphere’s oxidative status or “self-cleaning capacity". Find out more about Microbial Acetaldehyde degraders in Estuarine from Dr Phillip Pichon at the @Uni_of_Essex: https://t.co/wgjUccKKSc #VOCmicrobes22— Microbiology Society (@MicrobioSoc) May 25, 2022
The second session of the day moved the focus over to biotechnology and signalling molecules. Paolina Garbeva (Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Netherlands) discussed the recent advances in understanding the natural roles of volatiles in microbial interactions.
Paolina Garbeva (@niooknaw) showcased the diversity of volatile signalling compounds, metabolised by microbes and plants, which promote growth or emitted in response to stress#VOCmicrobes22 pic.twitter.com/ByQOqxlTLw— Waqar Ahmed (@Waqar___) May 25, 2022
Sara Cantera (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands) then explored the current limitations of CO2 and CO conversion biotechnologies whilst introducing new strategies to treat waste gasses.
Continuing the discussion on waste, Raquel Lebrero (University of Valladolid, Spain) reflects on how the emergence of the circular economy has changed our perception of waste and presents research on how we could turn VOCs into valuable products to improve sustainability.
Presenting our research on VOC valorization at the “Microbial Cycling of VOCs: Biogeochemistry to Biotechnology” in Norwich and learning a lot from microbiologists :) @yadrmunoz @SCantera1 @ISPUva #VOCmicrobes22 #circulareconomy pic.twitter.com/tkka4KQk4c— RLebrero (@r_lebrero) May 25, 2022
Day one was then concluded with an excellent poster session, which showcased the diversity of research within microbial cycling of VOCs.
Wow! 2 days full of mind-blowing talks, inspiring discussions and new connections. I'm so glad I could be a part of this conference 🤩 and a great thank you for selecting my poster for the Most Promising Science Poster Prize 🥺#VOCmicrobes22 #DMSP #DMS #phdlife pic.twitter.com/8WQZZZG2mO— Marta Sudo (@MartaLidiaSu) May 26, 2022
The second day of #VOCMicrobes22 highlighted research on the biogeochemistry of BVOCs and related compounds. The first talk of the day came from Lucy Carpenter (University of York, UK) and explored the role of the sea surface microlayer in atmospheric chemistry.
Hendrik Schäfer (University of Warwick, UK) presented his team's work which asks whether carbon monoxide-degrading bacteria in the phyllosphere are a significant sink in the CO cycle.
Unfortunately, I couldn't attend #VOCmicrobes22 but glad to see @HSchaeferLab taking centre stage about @JessPalmer_92's PhD work on CO in the phyllosphere! #LargelyUnexplored #CO #AirQuality #EatsShootsLeavesAndCO pic.twitter.com/ozSPVLN5P5— Nello does a PhD (@mnjgregori) May 26, 2022
Bacteria found on the leaves of common UK tree species may remove toxic carbon monoxide (CO) from the air, according to researchers from @warwickuni. Read more about the research, which will be presented at #VOCmicrobes22, on our website: https://t.co/CXv2ss4L0S— Microbiology Society (@MicrobioSoc) May 25, 2022
Later in the session, Linnea Honeker (University of Arizona, USA) shifted the focus to soil microbes, whilst looking at the effect drought has on their ability to cycle VOCs.
Finally, it was time to announce the poster prize winners. Huge congratulations to Marta Sudo, Louis-Francois Mey and Wenxin Bay!
Thank you to everyone who attended #VOCmicrobes22, contributed to its success and joined the conversation on Twitter! We hope to welcome you again to another conference in our events series.
We had brilliant talks on VOCs and related gases. Thanks very much to @MicrobioSoc for funding this focussed meeting! Here our poster winners @MartaLidiaSu, Louis-Francois Mey and Wenxin Bay! #VOCmicrobes22 plus the organisers Colin Murrell, @TMcgenity and myself! 😊 pic.twitter.com/qowZzCcgiW— Marcela Hernández (@MateHG) May 27, 2022