Our work improves the sustainability of industries, reduces costs and environmental impacts and increases stakeholder confidence in environmental and human health protection measures.

Growing demands are placed on the earth

Our Earth is challenged with population growth, increasing resource demand, undesired environmental impacts from human activities and waste generation that threaten the sustainability of industries, and human and ecosystem health.

Minimising the effect of global pressures

We develop tools and biotechnical solutions for sustainable industrial processes, resource recovery from waste streams, pollution prevention, remediation of contaminated environments, and minimisation of contaminant risks resulting in economic value, smaller environmental footprint and improved human and ecosystem health.

Our capability

We have over 25 highly trained scientific and technical staff and strong links with other CSIRO business units enabling the tackling of transdisciplinary research. We also collaborate globally and host students and visitors from various organisations.

We have expertise in:

  • Microbiology
  • Biocatalysis
  • Molecular biology
  • OMICS methods (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics)
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Metabolic modelling
  • In silico molecular modelling
  • Chemistry (biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biogeochemistry, (bio)electrochemistry, computational chemistry)
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioprocess design
  • Environmental engineering
  • Process monitoring, control and optimisation

 

Our application areas

  • Mining biotechnology
  • Waste and wastewater treatment and resource recovery
  • Pollution reduction via process improvement
  • Bioremediation
  • Enzyme-based pollution detection
  • Monitoring and managing microbes
  • Microbially caused problems (biocorrosion, biofouling, bioclogging)
  • Industrial biocatalysis for the production of flavours, fragrances, pharma and fine chemicals
  • Development of synthetic biology tools
  • Biomarker and natural product discovery
  • Systems biology-based solutions towards a deeper understanding of environmental, clinical and bio-industrial challenges using multi-omics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics) approaches.

 

Our facilities

Our facilities include state of the art microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology and analytical chemistry laboratories. Some of the laboratories have accreditation for work with imported samples and genetically modified organisms. We also deploy a range of field equipment and perform research directly on industry infrastructure, such as water production bores, water distribution networks, and industrial wastewater treatment plants.

 

Our clients

We work across many industry sectors, such as:

  • Mining
  • Water utilities
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Urban developers
  • Engineering companies
  • Consultants

We work at laboratory-, pilot- and field-scale and across multiple operational stages:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Operations and optimisation
  • Decommissioning and closure
  • Remediation and legacy

Our work improves the sustainability of industries, reduces costs and environmental impacts and increases stakeholder confidence in environmental and human health protection measures.

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