2017 Bioinformatics Research and Education Workshop (BREW)

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.

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A new study on the impact of sewage sludge on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance

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!!

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Participation in two summer courses of the University of the Basque Country

We will take part in two summer courses that the University of the Basque Country is organizing this year. The registration is already open!

  • New trends in restoration of degraded soils: energy crops and phytomanagement in a model of Circular Economy (in colaboration with the Interreg-Phytosudoe project; 13-14th of July, Vitoria-Gasteiz): euskaraz castellano
  • Science and innovation in organic production (26-27th of June, Agurain-Salvatierra): euskaraz castellano

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Development of self-sustaining schools in Uganda

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:


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PhD defense of Aritz Burges

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!!!


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A new experimental site

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.

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