We have recently signed an agreement with the Centre for Environmental Studies from Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) to carry out research on the recovery of degraded and contaminated sites around the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). We will focus our research on the design and implementation of phytomanagement strategies to recover soil functionality and the provision of essential soil ecosystem services in degraded sites around the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Carlos Garbisu gave a TEDx talk in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4QAo6mWPoE) on the well-known problem of the dissemination of antibiotic resistance among bacteria. He focused his talk on the need to carry out research on Microbial Ecology to better understand the behaviour of bacteria in their natural environment, so that we can then design more effective strategies to fight bacterial pathogens and, alternatively, to learn from the incredible metabolic capacities found in the bacterial world.
One more academic year (2018-2019), we have participated in the Master on Biodiversity, Function and Ecosystem Management (University of the Basque Country, Spain), coordinating a course on rehabilitation and bioremediation of contaminated soils. This year we have (1) paid special attention to microbial speciation processes and (2) discussed the concepts of top-down vs. bottom-up biology, and systems biology. We have also emphasized the need to incorporate a network perspective to studies on soil microbial communities.
Authors: Garbisu C, Garaiyurrebaso O, Lanzén A, Álvarez-Rodríguez I, Arana L, Blanco F, Smalla K, Grohmann E, Alkorta I
Title: Mobile genetic elements and antibiotic resistance in mine soil amended with organic wastes
Journal: Science of the Total Environment
Vol: 621 Pages:725-733 Date: 2018