The University of Valladolid in Spain will set up a new molecular biology laboratory for research on biological water purification.
It will be based on the Laboratory for Microbiology in Wageningen. The department of environmental technology in Valladolid asked PhD researcher Kees Roest to help set up the lab which will be used to improve biological water purification plants. They intend to use DNA techniques to identify bacteria that are good at purifying water. Roest’s research is on the development of faster DNA detection techniques, and he has already helped set up a similar laboratory in Istanbul, Turkey. The lab will be ready in about two years’ time.