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29th “Qinglian” Interdisciplinary Forum on Biological Membranes and Environmental Health

On Dec. 25th, the 29th “Qinglian” Interdisciplinary Forum on Biological Membranes and Environmental Health was jointly held both online and offline, by HZAU’s College of Resources & Environment, State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory for Soil Health Diagnosis and Green Remediation, and HZAU Youth Federation. Attracting over 500 attendees, the forum invited several scholars to gave keynote speeches, who came from Peking University, Nankai University, and other institutes.

Prof. Cai Peng, vice dean of the College of Resources & Environment, presided over the conference and extended warm greetings to present experts in his opening speech, where he remarked that as the main forms of living microorganisms and carriers to exert their functions, biological membranes play a key role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Moreover, the complicated, systematic and interdisciplinary research on this topic requires the concerted efforts of researchers from various fields.

On the forum, experts shared their recent findings about biological membranes and environmental health. Prof. Zhou Shungui, from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, introduced his latest progress in the interspecies electron transfer mechanism; Prof. Li Yi, from Hohai University, presented his findings in the microbial ecology of river systems; Prof. Wang Xin, from Nankai University, reported on the formation of electroactive membranes and its interplay with degrading microorganisms; Associate Prof. Li Bing, from University of Science and Technology Beijing, showed the results by applying microfluidic technology to study bacterial resistance to drugs and resistance gene transfer.

Prof. Yuan Songhu, from China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, gave audiences deep insights into how sediments oxidize organic pollutants by activating oxygen and thus producing hydroxide radicals; Liu Fanghua, researcher of Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, shared his findings on the electron transfer mechanism of producing hydrogen and methane by electric microorganisms; Liu Juan, researcher of Peking University, made a report on minerals’ interfacial effect of controlling and regulating microbial metabolism and extracellular enzymes’ activities; ultimately, Prof. Gong Xiangjun, from South China University of Technology, introduced the application of digital holographic microscopes and atomic force microscopes with magnetic force modulation in three-dimensional dynamic manifestation of microbial adhesion.

During the sharing session, speakers conducted heated discussions with participants about their reports.

Translated by: Yan Xiruo
Supervised by: Guo Haiyan