June SciBar

The Park Tavern

The Bollington Brewing Company


Beers, Mushrooms and Biofuels

Speaker: Dr Jolanda Van Munster, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology & School of Chemistry, University of Manchester

We exploit fungi for brewing and enjoy them as food, but this incredibly versatile group of organisms is capable of much more. Fungi can effectively recycle dead plant material, an impressive achievement since plant cell wall structures consist of complex polymers that evolved to be strong and difficult to break down. In this talk, I’d like to share my fascination for microbes with you, and together look at how advances in molecular biology led to our understanding of how fungi degrade plant biomass. I’ll then discuss the opportunities and challenges of applying this knowledge in biotechnology to convert agricultural waste into sustainable materials, fuels and chemicals.

Event starts 6.30 pm

Anyone from Junior School age onward is very welcome. You don’t need to be an expert. Just bring an inquisitive mind!

Admission is free and as always arrive early to guarantee a good seat.

Food will be served from 5pm until 8pm.


Monday 24th June


The Park Tavern