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Soils for Science - Citizen Science

  • 5 Jun 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Gregory Place, 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill Qld 4000 and Zoom
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Citizen Science

RGSQ has become a partner with the University of Queensland Institute of

Molecular Biology (UQIMB) in an Australian-first citizen science program dedicated to finding new antibiotics needed in the fight against the scourge of drug-resistant infections, better known as superbugs.

Our members will be collecting soils samples for the UQIMB researchers to help

them discover microbes that could be developed into new antibiotics, and other life-saving medicines.

More than half of all antibiotics available worldwide have been developed from

microbes found in soil and nature, and Australia is one of the most biodiverse

environments in the world,spanning beaches, rainforests, wetlands and deserts.

This vast, untapped landscape is ripe for the discovery of microbes that could be developed into new antibiotics, anti-fungals and other medicines.  

There will be a presentation by Dr Zeinab Khalil, IMB Research Fellow and Soils for Science Project Manager to members and friends, to explain the aims of Soils for Science, and the need to develop new antibiotics – plus, to go through the mechanics of what you need to do. Members unable to attend who wish to participate will be given comprehensive instructions.

Date: 5 June 2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Place: Gregory Place. Level 1 / 28 Fortescue St. Spring Hill

Tea, coffee and sandwiches provided

Project Co-Ordinator: Ngoc (Annie) Nguyen

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