1995 Summer Microbial Physiology Workshop

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The University of Georgia is accepting applications for their 1995 Summer 
Workshop in Microbial Physiology (SWMP Ô95). 

	SWMP Ô95 is an intensive 4-week laboratory course, sponsored by 
the NSFResearch Training Group in Microbial Diversity-an Organismal 
Approach, which will provide practical hands-on experience in the basic 
techniques for: 1) study of microbial metabolic processes; 2) genetic 
manipulation of prokaryotes; and 3) product recovery from large scale 
cultures of microorganisms.

	A case method approach will be used, and two diverse 
microorganisms (Methanococci and Pseudomonas solanaceareum) 
will serve as model systems. All participants will work with both of these 
model organisms. Additionally, visiting experts will present both didactic 
lectures and state-of-the-art research seminars on the target organisms 
and their relatives (details below).

	SWMP Ô95 is designed for advanced graduate students and 
working scientists from industry, government, and academia and will 
include optional (but strongly encouraged) poster presentations by 

	Laboratory exercises will take place in the Department of 
MicrobiologyÕs modern teaching facilities which are well equipped 
with the latest instrumentation for cell culture, protein purification, and 
molecular analyses of microorganisms.

	The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with 
information and skills which they can generalize to the study of other 
microbes of specific interest to them in their own work.

	In addition to the scientific program, there will be a lively social 
and recreational program including lakeside barbecues, a canoe trip, 
and a banquet.

	Accommodations will be in air-conditioned, handicapped-accessible, 
phone and cable-equipped University dormitory suites with free access to 
swimming and the use of the UniversityÕs other extensive athletic, 
intellectual, and recreational facilities.

     *******Model Microbial Systems and Faculty for SWMP Ô95*******

	1. The Methanococci are strictly anaerobic methane-producing 
archaebacteria which grow autotrophically on H2 and CO2. They grow
rapidly, have simple nutritional requirements and are easy to lyse. 
Among the methanogens, they have the best developed genetic system
and grow well on plates and in fermenters.

	Lab work on this organism will include anaerobic culture and 
large scale fermentation and harvesting, isotopic tracers in metabolic 
studies, cell fractionation, PCR cloning and heterologous expression, 
purification of O2-sensitive coenzymes, and assay of O2-sensitive 

	Guest lectures will be given by Barny Whitman (Lead instructor 
for this segment, University of Georgia), Ken Jarrell (QueenÕs University), 
Albrecht Klein (Phillips University) and Mary Roberts (Boston University).

	2. Pseudomonas solanaceareum, a plant pathogenic member 
of the rRNA homology group II pseudomonads (Burkholderia species), 
is a major model system for the study of pathogen-plant interactions 
that lead to disease and resistance.

	Lab work on this organism will include genetic approaches to 
studying virulence, avirulence, and pathogenicity genes, including 
conjugation, transformation, DNA isolation, transposon and site-
directed mutagenesis, as well as interactions of parent and mutant 
bacteria with host and non-host plants.

	Guest lectures will be given by Tim Denny (Lead instructor for 
this segment, University of Georgia), Carol Bender (Oklahoma State), 
Steve Farrand (University of Illinois), and Joyce Loper (USDA, 

	Application forms can be obtained from Robin Krause 
(Voice: 706-542-2045; FAX: 706-542-2674; 
e-mail: mibrtg at uga.cc.uga.edu). Participation is limited to 
20 persons.

	The DEADLINE for receipt of applications is April 1, 1995
and notification of acceptance will be made by April 15, 1995.  The 
workshop registration fee is $400 (U.S.) for academic and 
governmental participants and $1000 for participants from industry. 
Travel assistance and fee waivers are available in case of need 
(details are on application forms).

	For additional information contact Anne O. Summers, 
Department of Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 
30602-2605 (Voice: 706-542-2669; FAX: 706-542-6140; e-mail: 
summers at bscr.uga.edu)

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