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.- Microbial ecology of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through molecular biology tools and development of nature-based technologies for water treatment:
- Monitoring of cyanobacterial proliferations in aquatic ecosystems and detection and biodegradation of cyanotoxins.
- Biodiversity and molecular mechanisms of microbial adaptation to environmental changes.
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.