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
Last week, Carlos Garbisu participated in the Environmental Agrobiology Master – University of the Basque Country (academic course 2018-2019), giving several talks related to the use of microbial parameters as biological indicators of the effectiveness of bioremediation (biostimulation, bioaugmentation) initiatives.
One more year, we collaborate in the “Research in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Course” organized by the University of the Basque Country within the Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Master. In this course, Carlos Garbisu gives a talk entitled “Nature´s helpers: microorganisms in contaminated soils”.
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 (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.