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First meeting of the Iberian Ecological Society

Last week we attended the 1st Iberian Ecological Society Meeting. The conference was the kickoff of SIBECOL (Sociedad Ibérica de Ecología) a new scientific society, joining ecologists from Iberian countries, whatever the system or approach they work on. The Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET), the Asociación Ibérica de Limnologia (AIL), the Sociedad Española de Etología y Ecología Evolutiva (SEEEE) and the Sociedade Portuguesa de Ecologia (SPECO), as well as a group of Iberian Marine Ecologists, support this initiative.

It was a conference full of inspiring talks that we hope to apply in our future work in SMEG. We also presented two posters related to our work with the dissemination of antibiotic resistance in agriculture and the utilization of arbuscular mycorrhiza as biostimulants.

Long live to SIBECOL, see you in Aveiro 2022!

Field assay on the remediation of soil contaminated with sewage sludge

In collaboration with the University of the Basque Country, we are developing a field assay on (i) the long-term impact of the application of sewage sludge on soil health, and (ii) the remediation of such soil by a combination of phytoremediation (with alfalfa and Brassica), bioremediation (via bioaugmentation) and vermiremediation (with Eisenia fetida). In addition, we will study the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in this sewage-contaminated site.

We participated in the Final Workshop of the Interreg PhytoSUDOE project

We participated in the Final Workshop of the Interreg PhytoSUDOE project (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, October 11th, 2018). PhytoSUDOE´s main objective has been the management of degraded environments and their restoration by means of applying novel phytoremediation techniques that promote biodiversity, enhance ecosystem functionality and enable the sustainable use of resources. By implementing phytomanagement techniques, we have restored the functionality and provision of ecosystem services from currently contaminated or degraded natural sites. During this Final Conference, we have presented our results to stakeholders (administrative bodies, regulators, private companies, general public, scientific community, etc.). In particular, during the Final Workshop, Carlos Garbisu presented our results on the beneficial effects of phytomanagement on soil biodiversity, with special emphasis on soil microorganisms.