SYMP 12-2 - Application of ecological principles to engineered biosystems

Wednesday, August 10, 2011: 8:40 AM
Ballroom F, Austin Convention Center
Val H. Smith, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Both ecology and environmental engineering seek to solve human-related and environmental problems. Both disciplines have complementary goals, but their histories and perspectives have been quite different, limiting direct dialogue between classical ecologists and engineers. It is important for ecologists and bioprocess engineers to work together more closely on key environmental issues, because both will benefit from synergistic interactions.


Examples from bioproduct engineering, wastewater engineering, and biofuels research will be used to demonstrate how ecological theory can be used to inform, guide, and enhance engineering biology practice, and how engineered biosystems can provide valuable models for basic ecological research.

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