LIFE SCIENCES DEPARMENT SEMINAR
Unappreciated Invertebrates Causing Engineering Nightmares
Senior Scientist, Bryo Technologies (USA)
Friday 17 of January 11:00
Sir Neil Chalmers seminar room, Darwin Centre LG16 (below Attenborough studio)
In the 21st Century it is somewhat astonishing to find that biofouling invertebrates routinely shut down power plants, disrupt water supplies, and create other kinds of expensive havoc. While biofouling is generally well managed on ships at sea, in fresh waters it seems to take everyone by surprise. This is despite the fact that incidents of freshwater biofouling are increasing in frequency and severity, due mostly to eutrophication and misguided infrastructure design. Most people are unaware of these problems, industry is oblivious, and engineers are clueless. The cost of cleaning, repairing, or replacing damaged structures is staggering, not to mention the loss in productivity. Solutions to these problems are usually not complicated nor very expensive, but implementation faces a wide range of institutional hurdles.
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