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by Carol Potera, Microbe Magazine, October 2010, pp 414

by Carol Potera, Microbe Magazine, October 2010, pp 414-416

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ASM Microbe Magazine, "Biofilms Are Key Challenge in Treating Chronic Wounds," October 2010.  By Carol Potera, freelance writer, Great Falls, MT

Trond Møretrø, research scientist on sabbatical leave from Nofima Food (formerly the Norwegian Food Research Institute), will be spending most of the next year at the CBE working in the Control lab.  Trond is a food microbiologist and is interested in expanding his capabilities for working with biofilms.

“UO2 reoxidation in the presence of chelators and Fe(III) (hydr)oxides,” Thesis defense by Crystal Girardot, MS Candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University, September 2010.
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"Influence of biofilms on porous media hydrodynamics"
Gerlach R, Cunningham AB
In: Porous Media: Applications in Biological Systems and Biotechnology," Edited by Vafai K,
CRC Press Taylor Francis Group 2010; pp. 173-230.
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Drs. Otto Stein, Anne Camper and Mark Burr were recently awarded a new three-year,  $303K grant from NSF entitled "Plant, season, and microbial controls on complete denitrification in treatment wetlands."  The research will continue their exploration of the underlying microbial processes affecting performance of these versatile water treatment units.

Anne Camper presented “Biofilms in recycled/reclaimed water: Why should we care?” and “Factors impacting growth of biofilms,” WEFTEC, New Orleans, LA, October 2-4, 2010. She also chaired the session “Biofilms-The emerging issue for reuse waters.”

Phil Stewart as invited speaker presented, ”Biofilm disinfection,” WEFTEC Workshop, New Orleans, LA, October 3, 2010.

When estimating the number of bacteria in a sample, it is a common practice in microbiology to use viable plate counts. In this Knowledge Sharing Article, Al Parker and Marty Hamilton present the formulas, examples and justification for pooling the counts from more than one dilution, even when the counts are below the acceptable range, to form the best possible estimate of the true number of bacteria in the sample.

Please download the position descriptions (pdfs) you are interested in. These files will not be kept indefinitely on our website.

The CBE is continuing to encourage the participation of outstanding non-MSU biofilm investigators in our semi-annual Montana Biofilm S&T Meetings.

The CBE continues to encourage the participation of outstanding non-MSU biofilm investigators in our semi-annual Montana Biofilm Meetings.

Targeting postdoctoral researchers and newly hired faculty, up to two investigators will be invited to present research at each MBM, and provided a $750 travel reimbursement and free attendance at the meeting.

Interested young investigators are encouraged to submit abstracts to Paul Sturman, CBE Industrial Coordinator, by November 1, 2010.

MSU President Waded Cruzado toured the CBE on July 27th.  This was her first opportunity since joining MSU in January to visit the CBE in person and get acquainted with our programs and participants.  She heard directly from students and staff, in their laboratories, about diverse projects related to algal biofuels, chronic wounds, metabolic exchanges between species, and standardized biofilm methods.  Along the way she learned about our commitment to student education, interdisciplinary teamwork, and industrial interaction.

Megan Elam presented a poster, “Microbially enhanced calcite precipitation in porous media,” ISME - Stewards of a Changing Planet, Seattle, WA, August 22-27, 2010. Co-authors: Gerlach R, Franklin M, Bugni S, Colwell F

Erin Field presented a poster, "Microbial ecology and metal transformations at a simulated low-level waste site," ISME - Stewards of a Changing Planet, Seattle, WA, August 22-27, 2010. Co-authors: D’Imperio S, Van Engelen M, Peyton B, Gerlach R, Lee B, Miller A, Apel W

The development of new methods for testing disinfectants is a multi-disciplinary enterprise. It is tempting for physical scientists and engineers to apply evaluation criteria that are widely-used in their disciplines. This article explains why disinfectant test methods require different evaluation strategies and acceptance criteria than used in the physical sciences.

The summer meeting was held in Bozeman, MT, July 13-15, 2010, and drew over 70 attendees from 26 industrial member companies, 14 visiting companies, as well as 6 government entities and 9 universities. Thirteen invited speakers presented research addressing session topics on ophthalmologic biofilms, biofilm fundamentals, biofilms in the built environment, biofilm methods, wound biofilms, and systems analysis of biofilms. In addition to informative presentations from invited industrial and academic experts, we also showcased the research of CBE faculty, staff and graduate students.

ExxonMobil has joined the CBE as our newest Industrial Associate member.  The designated rep from EM will be Jennifer Hornemann, who completed her PhD with Joe Seymour and Sarah Codd in 2009, at Montana State University. Jenn’s interests are generally corrosion-related, particularly with regard to sulfate reducing bacteria in oil-bearing formations and production equipment and piping.

See a listing of our Industrial Associate member companies.

Crystal Richards and Mari Eggers were recently featured for their research work on Montana water quality. Crystal and Mari are both microbiology graduate students at Montana State University, working on their research in Anne Camper’s laboratory at the Center for Biofilm Engineering. They have confirmed contamination of surface and groundwater used as a source for drinking water on the Crow Reservation, something that residents had suspected.

"Viable read-time PCR in environmental samples: Can all data be interpreted directly?"
Fittipaldi M, Codony F, Adrados B, Camper A, Morato J
Microb Ecol. 2010; July 2010 [Epub ahead of print]
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"Modelling biofilm growth in the presence of carbon dioxide and water flow in the subsurface"
Ebigbo A, Helmig R, Cunningham AB, Class H, Gerlach R 
Advances in Water Resources 2010; 33:762–781
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