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Unitec launches Research Centre for Environmental Solutions

A ground-breaking research project focused on protecting people and other living species from the dangers of asbestos has been announced as the inaugural project for Unitec’s newly-launched Environmental Solutions Research Centre (ESRC).

The research project, which will examine the treatment of asbestos-contaminated waste, will be overseen by ESRC Director Dr Terri-Ann Berry, an environmental scientist and senior lecturer at Unitec’s School of Engineering and Applied Technology. Her team, in collaboration with universities in Australia and the US, will evaluate the effectiveness of using natural micro-organisms (including fungi) to degrade asbestos fibres and potentially remove their cancer-causing elements.

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