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Enzyme Conference 2016 Program Schedule



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Posters Symposium II Aquatic Enzymology and Microbial Ecology

Posters Symposium III Methods Beyond Genomics-Extracellular Enzyme Expression

Posters Symposium IV Extracellular Enzymes Functional Diversity and Ecosensors

Poster Symposium V Extracellular Enzymes in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosys under a Changing Climate

Posters Symposium VI Industrial and Environmental Applications of Enzymes

Posters Symposium Symposium VII Enzyme Activities in the Environment Hot Spots-Hot Moments 

Posters Symposium VIII Bioremediation – Driven by Extracellular Enzymes

Posters Symposium IX Methods Microplate vs. Bench Assays Posters 


The International Conference series entitled Enzymes in the Environment; Activity, Ecology and Applications was first held in 1999 at Grenada, Spain followed by venues in Prague, The Czech Republic (2003), Vitrbo, Italy (2007) and Bad Nauheim, Germany (2011). The meetings have been attracting more than 200 scientists from 40-45 countries from diverse disciplines of biochemistry, microbiology, and ecology focused on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Enzymes that function within organisms are fundamental to life. However, there is another role for enzymes in biogeochemical and ecosystem processes, known as ecological or environmental enzymology. These enzymes are largely extracellular and located on the external surfaces of cells, associated with microbial and plant debris, diffused or actively excreted into the environment where they perform many important functions such as decomposition, nutrient cycling, and degradation of pollutants. Fundamental research in this area is having practical applications in bioremediation, sustainable agricultural production, ecological indicators of disturbance and restoration of ecosystems, and global climate change.

The four-day meeting will have the following symposia: Hot Spots – Hot Moments Of Enzyme Activities in the Environment; Methods I: Beyond Genomics; Extracellular Enzyme Expression; Methods II: Roundtable Position Presentations: Omics And Functional Expression Of Extracellular Enzymes, Extracellular Enzymes in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems Under A Changing Climate; Aquatic Enzymology; Functional Diversity and Ecosensors; Bioinformatics: Bioprospecting Genetic Expression of Extracellular Enzymes; and Industrial and Environmental Applications. Each session consists of lectures, research presentations, and posters as well as roundtable discussion on emerging methodologies with particular emphasis on molecular microbiology. To accommodate cross discipline interactions there are no parallel sessions of oral or poster sessions.

We have been able to attract highly esteemed speakers including acknowledged leaders in soil and aquatic microbiology who will be presenting are Shiping Deng, Anna M. Romaní, Paolo Nannipieri, Ellen Kandeler Richard Burns, Petr Baldrian, Katharina Riedel, Peter N Golyshin, E. Blagodatskaya, Carmen Trasar Cepeda, David Hopkins, Chris Freeman and Carol Arnosti We have an Organizing Committee with members from around the world who are leading researchers in environmental enzymology.

Enzymes in the Environment: Activity, Ecology and Applications, planned for Bangor, Wales in July 2016. We invite you to participate in this conference. We previously received sponsorship from the: US National Science Foundation, Journal of Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Inter Research Center Oldendorf (Germany), Justus Liebig University, International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology, the International Union of Soil Sciences, the Soil Science Society of America, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies, Glycosynth UK and the OECD Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. Czech sponsorship was gratefully received from The Czech Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Hydrobiological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.