Developing bioprospecting & bioremediation strategies for marine plastics based on microbe- and enzyme-driven biodegradation through the large-scale mining and editing of microbial genomes

University of Western Australia
November 30, 2022
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Title

Developing bioprospecting & bioremediation strategies for marine plastics based on microbe- and enzyme-driven biodegradation through the large-scale mining and editing of microbial genomes

Description

The scholarship proposed a part of the CSIRO and UWA Ending Plastic Waste PhD Scholarship Program. CSIROs Ending Plastic Waste Mission (in development) is aiming for an 80 per cent reduction in plastic waste entering the Australian environment by 2030. The goal is to support a PhD candidature that aims to address plastic pollution in the marine biosphere by searching for microorganisms with the capability to degrade plastics. Since the first introduction of plastics into oceans in the 1950s, some marine microorganisms, namely bacteria and fungi, have shown a capacity to adapt and evolve to utilize plastics as a source of carbon and/or chemical energy. We propose a synthetic biology approach, encompassing species- and site-specific genome editing in complex bacterial communities, genetic engineering and other omics techniques, alongside large-scale data mining towards the discovery of naturally capable microbes to develop a symbiotic community of microbes able to degrade plastics efficiently in the marine environment. Lessons learnt from recent studies provides opportunities to explore and develop microbial plastic degradation as a natural bioremediation strategy to remove plastics from the marine environment. Due to the unique environment in the ocean, non-conventional bioremediation techniques need to be designed to allow sustainability development.

Payment type

Fortnightly Stipend, Operating Allowance and Travel Grant

Value

$30000

Value unit

Per annum

Basis of award

Academic Achievement

Eligibility

To be considered, applicants must also meet the criteria to be successful in securing a University Postgraduate Award through the UWA processes. Successful domestic students will be provided with an Australian Government RTP Domestic Tuition Fees Offset Scholarship; successful international students either need to pay fees or apply for an international tuition fee scholarship.

Nationality

Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, International

Study area

Molecular Biology

Commencement date

06/01/2023

Applications open

03/11/2022

Applications close

30/11/2022

Tenable At

University of Western Australia

Currently available

Yes

Application status

Open

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