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"Rebuilding marine life"

interview with Professor Carlos Duarte

"Equipoise" is a movement in which we focus on scientific solutions for global environmental problems and counterpoise fear with hope. Interview with Professor Carlos Manuel Duarte from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a renowned marine ecologist who extensively studied the impacts of human activity on environment and marine ecosystems. “We can successfully rebuild marine life by 2050,” said Professor Duarte. In this interview, we will discuss one of his most recent research paper, where he suggests a detailed strategy for rebuilding marine life. Dr. Carlos M. Duarte is Chief Scientist with Oceans 2050 ( and the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. To read his paper “Rebuilding marine life” click the link below

"Bacteria derived plastic-degrading enzyme" interview with Professor John McGeehan

Interview with John McGeehan, Professor of Structural Biology and the Director of the newly-established Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) at the University of Portsmouth. Professor McGeehan was one of the leaders in an international team of scientists who characterized and engineered an enzyme (called PETase) that can break down crystalline PET, one of the most common types of plastics that we use in our everyday life. In this interview, we will discuss his research, what the PETase enzyme is, how it can change the recycling of plastic, and its potential to influence industries such as fashion. Read full research paper below.

“Enabling crops to ‘fix’ their own nitrogen”

interview with Dr. Vânia Pankievicz

Interview with Dr. Vânia Pankievicz from the Agronomy and Bacteriology Departments at the University of Wisconsin about her research, together with Professor Jean-Michel Ané, on enabling crops such as cereals to “fix” their own nitrogen. This outstanding research has the potential to transform agriculture to make it sustainable. In this interview, we will discuss what nitrogen fixation is, what environmental problems can result from the abuse of nitrogen fertilizers, and how this incredible research can help with solving several important issues related to it. We will also talk about the benefits that this work can bring to ordinary people and what they can do to contribute to solving the environmental crisis. Read the full research paper below

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