‘Water, and our love-hate relationship with bacteria’ a public talk by Prof G Wolfaardt

Mar 06, 2015 No Comments by

On 18th March at 5pm, Professor Gideon Wolfaardt, ERWAT Chair in Wastewater Management, Stellenbosch University Water Institute will present a free public talk on ‘Water, and our love-hate relationship with bacteria’ at the SA Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town*
For most of us, bacteria and other microorganisms invoke a survival response and thoughts of antibiotic, disinfection or other form of defence. In reality, microbes are often our indispensable allies providing clean air, water, soil, and energy… AND our own bodies cannot function without them. It is therefore an irony that in times of tremendous pressure on the ecosystem and frequent reports on the extinction of plant and animal species, we are only beginning to grasp the remarkable diversity amongst microorganisms and how they impact our lives. Water management is a good example of the need to transcend disciplinary boundaries to explore the good, bad and beautiful of the microbial world


*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).



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