Ecotoxicology and microbial contamination
The Ecotoxicology and Microbiological Contamination group addresses three areas of research:
1.- Assessment of the risks to ecosystems determined by pollutants and their interactions with the environment, considering the vulnerability of people, populations and communities to chemical and non-chemical stressors.
2.- Technology-based solutions for industries in the water sector in relation to the proliferation of harmful algae caused by cyanobacteria.
- Design of monitoring programs for the development of blooms of toxic cyanobacteria in reservoirs.
- Development of technology for the specific and sensitive detection of microcystins in water.
- Development of technology for the efficient and economical removal of microcystins during water treatment using biofilms.
3.- Studies of the impact of contaminants (pesticides, antibiotics and biocides) on microorganisms and resistance to antibiotics in aquatic environments:
- Potential effect of contaminants on bacterial populations.
- Detection of antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes.
- Fitness cost linked to the acquisition of antibiotic resistance.
- Resistance gene transfer and the role of contaminants.
What do we do?
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all UN Member States, which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.
The research carried out by the group contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals: