Water, and our Love-Hate Relationship with Bacteria

Whale Coast Conservation

Date(s) - 20/10/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Green House


Please join us on Tuesday 20 October at 17h30 at the Green House for this fascinating talk by Prof. Gideon Wolfaardt, Chair of Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute. He is a recognised expert in the biological and engineering aspects of water research.


For most of us, bacteria and other microorganisms invoke a survival response and thoughts of antibiotics, disinfection or other form of defence. In reality, microbes are often our indispensable allies providing clean air, water, soil, and energy… AND our own bodies cannot function without them.

It is therefore an irony that in times of tremendous pressure on the ecosystem and frequent reports of the extinction of plant and animal species, we are only beginning to grasp the remarkable diversity amongst microorganisms and how they impact our lives. Water management is a good example of the need to transcend disciplinary boundaries to explore the good, bad and beautiful of the microbial world.