Last week, Anders Lanzén participated with an invited keynote talk at the Bioinformatics Research and Education Workshop in Bergen, Norway. BREW is organised annually by and for PhD students in bioinformatics from a network of universities mainly in Germany and the Nordic countries. Although only a handful of lectures except for Anders’s was dealing with environmental genomics or microbial ecology, it was a very interesting selection of presentations of very high quality. Two funny facts are that not a single speaker exceeded her time slot and that Anders, probably for the first and last time ever, looks like the shortest person on the group photo. We hope to participate in this event again in the future, and I especially recommend it for any PhD students using bioinformatics at Neiker or elsewhere that want to improve their international experience and give an oral presentation in a friendly and smallish environment of like-minded.
We have prepared a proposal on the combination of nanoremediation with zero-valent iron nanoparticles and bioremediation (biostimulation and bioaugmentation) of soils simultaneously contaminated with trace elements and organic compounds, in collaboration with IRAGAZ Company, Gaiker Technological Centre and the University of the Basque Country.
This week we have started sampling several agricultural soils from Navarra, as part of a new study carried out in collaboration with Sandra Blázquez from EDAR Arazuri (Navarra). In this case, we will study the potential impact of the application of sewage sludge on the presence of antibiotic resistance genes and mobile genetic elements in agricultural soil. To this purpose, we will use high-throughput qPCR to simultaneously analyse a great variety of antibiotic resistance genes. This is a new field for SMEG. Exciting!!
A new PhD student, Leire Jauregi, has recently joined our Soil Microbial Ecology Group, thanks to a 4-year fellowship from the Basque Government (March 2017-March 2021). Welcome to SMEG, Leire! We hope you enjoy your stay with us.
We are so happy to tell you that the project about developing agrosustainable schools in Uganda will be financed by Ner Group and Neiker one more year!!
In this link you will find a video-summary of the last visit of Iker Mijangos to Kisimba, Kiyindi Comm., Kiyindi Sda, Maranatha and Tom & Margaret schools: Saluganda 2017
Development of self-sustaining schools:
Helping single mothers with low economic resources:
Last 17th of March Aritz Burges defended his PhD thesis, about soil microbial indicators and phytoremediation of metal pollution. Have a look at the video (in Spanish) that summarizes his work: video tesis Aritz
Really hard work reading, generating hypotheses, designing experiments, growing plants in the greenhouse, applying amendments in the field, isolating PGPR, measuring microbial indicators in the lab, analyzing results, writing papers…. and having loads of fun too! Zorionak bihotzez Dr. Burges!!!
Life-SOILMONTANA and Life-REGENFARMING have been invited to the seminar on pasture management to promote biodiversity that has organized the Poctefa-GREEN project. We will be presenting our work with the Agroecosystem Health Cards in Miglos (French Pyrenees), the 14-15th of march. See you there!
A new student, Gorka Lago, has just joined our Soil Microbial Ecology Group, thanks to a fellowship from the Basque Government that will cover his salary and other expenses for the next two years (February 2017-February 2019). Welcome to SMEG, Gorka! We hope you enjoy your stay with us.
We have just been granted permission to work in another contaminated site in Zorrozaurre island (Bilbao). At the moment, this site is currently contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and petroleum hydrocarbons. This contamination was detected thanks to the installation of several piezometers. As part of the NANOBIOR-Hazitek project, we are currently designing the installation, in this site, of a biopile that will combine the application of zero valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI) and biostimulation (bioremediation) to degrade the target contaminants.