CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will host a spring seminar series called "Bioremediation: The Natural Choice," that will look at a variety of natural ways to combat environmental contamination.

"Bioremediation uses biological processes to overcome environmental contamination problems," explained Richard Dick, OSU professor of soil science and co-organizer of the seminar series.

The seminars will be held on the OSU campus on Mondays from April 6 to June 1 (except Memorial Day on May 25), at 4 p.m. in Room 130 of Peavy Auditorium, located at the corner of S.W. 35th Street and Jefferson Street in Corvallis.

The seminar speakers will include leading experts in bioremediation from OSU, other universities and private environmental consulting firms. The scheduled seminars are:

April 6: "Microbial Metabolism and Cometabolism of Pollutants," Michael Hyman, assistant professor, botany and plant pathology, OSU;

April 13: "Single Well, 'Push-Pull' in situ Determination of Microbial Metabolic Activities," Jack Istok, professor, civil engineering, OSU and Jennifer Field, assistant professor, agricultural chemistry, OSU;

April 20: "Phytoremediation of Selenium Contaminated Soils in Central California," Gary Banuelos, plant physiologist, USDA-ARS, Fresno, Calif.;

April 27: "Sequestration of Toxicants in Soils: The Chemistry and Relevance of Risk in Bioremediation," Martin Alexander, professor of soil microbiology, Cornell University (introduced by OSU President Paul Risser);

May 4: "Bioremediation, Bioavailability, Biofilms and other Bio Buzzwords," Richard Burns, professor of environmental microbiology, University of Kent, United Kingdom;

May 11: "Phytoremediation - State of the Art and Science," Jim Jordahl, soil scientist, CH2M-Hill, Portland;

May 18: "Bioremediation: How Do We Know it is Working?" Lewis Semprini, associate professor, civil engineering, OSU;

June 1 "The Practice of Bioremediation: Case Studies of Implementation," Hans Stroo, soil microbiologist, RETEC Inc., Seattle, Wash.

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