On 31 August 2009, BIOTEC and the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) of USDA announced research collaboration on screening for novel hydrolytic enzymes. The project aims to explore and identify some novel hydrolytic enzymes from metagenomic libraries which BIOTEC has studied in various environments, including termite gut and peat swamp using solid medium containing the specific dyed substrates which will be provided by NCAUR. The information and enzymes obtained in this project will be shared between the two institutes for further use in research. Leading the BIOTEC research team on this project is Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr, Director of BIOTEC Bioresources Technology Unit, whereas Dr. Joseph O. Rich, Research Leader for the Bioproducts & Biocatalysis Research Unit is the leader from NCAUR.
Dr. Joseph Rich and Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr at the signing of agreement to share research information between the two institutes, on the occasion of Dr. Rich’s visit to BIOTEC on 31 August 2009
Dr. Rich giving a seminar for BIOTEC researchers on “Improving Biocatalysts for the Production of Biofuels and Chemicals from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks”
About USDA-ARS and NCAUR
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its research is organized into National Programs which serve to bring coordination, communication and empowerment to approximately 1000 research projects carried out by ARS.
NCAUR is the largest of the USDA-ARS research centers and it has a world renowned ARS Microbial Culture Collection maintained at this facility. NCAUR’s Research Units can be divided into 9 multidisciplinary teams of scientists. The Bioproducts and Biocatalysis Research Unit (BBC) is one of them. BBC conducts microbial, biochemical, and genetic research that addresses America's needs for new environmentally acceptable practices to increase the use of agricultural crops as feedstocks for biofuels and other value-added products. For more information, please visit http://ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=36-20-90-00
Posted on 2 September 2009.