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BioZone Community Outreach

BioZone aims to improve society and environment through both research and community outreach.


Join us in creating a world in which:

  • microorganisms are harnessed to convert wastes into useful materials or energy
  • algae are farmed to produce clean, renewable food and energy
  • living cells are designed that make green consumer products and cheap and effective pharmaceuticals
  • bacteria are programed to clean up chemical pollutants in contaminated groundwater
  • damaged tissue in sick or injured people can be repaired using engineered cells
  • food items are enhanced with micronutrients to alleviate malnutrition around the world

BioZone community outreach blog:

  • Cleaner Mining

    Cleaner Mining

    The challenge of supplying future mineral demands is alarmingly complex. Earth’s high-grade primary metal reserves are depleting, and this calls for new alternative mining strategies to complement – and eventually replace – traditional pyro/hydrometallurgy techniques. Biomining is a technique which applies different microbes to mineral ores for the purpose of …
  • Preventing Iron and Micro-nutrient Deficiency with Tea

    Preventing Iron and Micro-nutrient Deficiency with Tea

    Micronutrient poor diets around the globe, and in particular in the developing world, cause deficiencies in iron and folic acid. Rectifying this issue through food fortification has been the focus of my graduate research. The fortification of black tea with iron has the potential to reduce the prevalence of iron …
  • Probiotics Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

    Probiotics Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

    Crohn’s disease is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases of the small and large intestine. The symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and abdominal pain due to inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Currently, there is no known cure for the disease. The symptoms can be …
  • Cleaning up benzene contamination

    Cleaning up benzene contamination

    Benzene is a simple hydrocarbon that occurs naturally in crude oils and refined fuels, and is used as a precursor in industrial processes. It is a common contaminant in fuel storage and industrial sites. Benzene is highly toxic and carcinogenic, and therefore its removal from sites near human habitation is …
  • Reducing landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions with better biotechnology

    Reducing landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions with better biotechnology

    Population growth in Canada has resulted in a significant increase in the amount of organic waste. Canada produced over 25 million tons of waste in 2014, with 64% sent to landfills. Landfills, the most common way of disposing waste, are a major source of methane gas. Methane is 21 times …
  • The Tree of Lemons and Oranges: Using biotechnology to revitalize the traditional forestry sector

    The Tree of Lemons and Oranges: Using biotechnology to revitalize the traditional forestry sector

    By Jullie-Anne Gandier The technique of grafting, joining two plants with the intention of growing them as one, can produce quite curious garden varietals. In fact, the branches of a lemon tree can be bound to the trunk of an orange tree to produce a plant which bears both oranges …