KAWINA ROBICHAUDMycoremediation: Why and How?

ABSTRACT

From breaking down organic molecules (like petroleum products) to immobilizing contaminants (like metals), multiple species of fungi can influence different types of contaminants. Fungi, alone or in collaboration with plants and bacteria, can therefore be powerful tools to help clean up polluted environments. However, this is not a very popular approach ... why? In this talk Kawina will explain the basic principles and mechanisms behind bioremediation, with a more specific emphasis on mycoremediation. She will then present the results of three research projects that she carried out during her graduate studies, in addition to a new project currently underway at Biopterre. Open your ears wide for this dynamic educational conference!

BIOGRAPHY

Kawina Robichaud, Ph. D., has a doctorate from the University of Montreal in Biological Sciences, the subject of which was the bioremediation of soils in northern environments. She also holds a BA in Biology from Concordia University, and a Diploma in Northern Studies from Yukon College and Lapland University (Finland). She has extensive experience as a lecturer and enjoys the vulgarization of science and education. Kawina joined the Biopterre team in January 2020. Her research interests are the bioremediation of contaminated environments using an ecosystem approach using plants, fungi, bacteria and local fertilizing waste. Mycotechnologies, including the development, in-depth understanding, and marketing of mycomaterials in Quebec are another of her interests as well as mycology and innovative fungal cultures. The principles of circular economy inform the choices within her research projects.

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