Dr. Lur Epelde is a researcher at the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources in NEIKER and a member of its Soil Microbial Ecology Group…
During her PhD (University of the Basque Country, 2009), she worked on metal phytoextraction using hyperaccumulating plants and high biomass crop plants, as well as on metal phytostabilization using tolerant plants. She acquired ample experience on the utilization of microbial indicators of soil health and quality (enzyme activities, basal and substrate-induced respiration, community-level physiological profiles, real-time PCR, DNA microarrays, PCR-DGGE, stability essays, etc.) to assess the efficiency of phytoremediation processes.
Nowadays, she continues using soil microbial properties, including high throughput sequencing technologies, for monitoring studies of different sources of environmental stress (e.g., contamination, agricultural practices, climate change). She is also interested on the strategic applications of PGPBs and mycorrhiza for soil remediation and agriculture. Finally, she has some expertise on multivariate statistics for ecological analysis.
Apart from her interest in ecological scientific research as a biologist, she believes that ecological awareness will promote the required equilibrium between environment, society and economy.