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PESA NSW March 2019 Technical Lunch

Tuesday, March 12 @ 12:00 - 14:00

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PESA NSW Technical Lunch Tuesday 12th March 2019

Student Scholarship Presentations

Michael Eze & Mehrnoush Rafiei

Talk Summaries:

Talk one

Title of thesis:
The potential of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) to enhance phytoremediation of diesel contaminated sites

From millenniums, man has always exploited the concept of synergy to his advantage. As coined by Aristotle, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Can plants and microbes interact together in a similar way to clean up our environment in a most effective way? In this presentation, I will explain how I am trying to harness this symbiotic relationship to develop the right plant-microbe pair for oil spill remediation.

Talk two

Title of thesis:
High resolution imaging and mineral mapping to determine source rock properties and its potential as an unconventional reservoir within a Mesoproterozoic organic rich black shale

Recent research has shown the important role of biologically active soil in the formation of clay minerals and the role of these clay minerals in the preservation of organic matter in rocks during the Phanerozoic. We also see the same organic-rich rocks with a high percentage of clay minerals in the Precambrian before the advent of soil as a clay factory. Now the question is: how did it work and what is the origin of them?

Date & Time:      
Tuesday 12th March, 12pm for a 12:30pm start.

PESA Members:                               $20.00 (Members must Log on to the PESA website to see the member prices)

Non-members:                                 $30.00

PESA Students Members:              Free (Members must Log on to the PESA website to see the member prices)

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW

Bookings close Thursday 7th February for venue and catering purposes.


Tuesday, March 12
12:00 - 14:00


Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
169 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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+61 2 9284 1000


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