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  • Zsófia Berkl, our PhD student received the Best Lecture Award at FIBOK2020 on 19th November 2020

    We are pleased to inform you that Zsófia Berkl, our PhD student, was awarded the Best Lecture Award (1st Prize) within the MICROBIAL AND BIOMASS BIOTECHNOLOGY section of The 4th National Conference of Young Biotechnologists „FIBOK 2020 for her lecture on  the 19th of November 2020:

     

    CYCLODEXTRIN-MEDIATED QUORUM QUENCHING IN ALIIVIBRIO FISCHERI MODEL SYSTEM

    Authors: BERKL Zsófia1MOLNÁR Mónika 1 – FENYVESI Éva 2 – NÉMETH Imre 1 – BUDA Kata 1 – FEKETE-KERTÉSZ Ildikó 1 – MÁRTON Rita 1 – SZENTE Lajos2

    1 BME-VBK ABÉT, Budapest

    2 CycloLab Kft., Budapest

     

    Congratulations Zsófi for your continuous success!

    Posted at 2020-11-24 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We were represented by our two PhD students at the 4th National Conference of Young Biotechnologists

    The 4th National Conference of Young Biotechnologists „FIBOK 2020 organised by the HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES and the UNIVERSITY OF DEBRECEN was held online in November, 2020 and it focused on the following areas: PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY, MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, MICROBIAL AND BIOMASS BIOTECHNOLOGY, ANIMAL BIOTECHNOLOGY.

    The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for young scientists in Hungary involved in biotechnological research and to introduce the results of their research via oral and poster presentations and to support the collaboration between them.

    Our research group was represented by two PhD students, Zsófia Berkl and Imre Németh, who presented their work in the MICROBIAL AND BIOMASS BIOTECHNOLOGY section on the 19th of November, 2020.

    Zsófia Berkl introduced her work in an oral presentation on the cyclodextrin-mediated quorum quenching in the Aliivibrio fischeri model system. The abstract can be reached on page 63 of the Conference Abstract Book.

    Imre Németh introduced the results of his work in a poster presentation on the effects of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide nanoparticles on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens biofilm formation. The abstract can be reached on page 81 of the Conference Abstract Book.

    Posted at 2020-11-24 » By : » Categories : News »
  • ELECTRA H2020-NMBP-BIO-CN-2018

     

    Project title: ELECTRA – Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation

    Project website: https://www.electra.site

    Topic: CE-BIOTEC-04-2018

    Type of action: RIA (research & innovation)

    Funding Agency: European Union / European Commission

    Project duration: 2019. 01. 01 – 2022. 12. 31

    Project type: consortial

    Project partners: 

    ELECTRA is a consortium of European and Chinese partners.

    The EC-funded consortium gathers 17 partners from 6 EU countries,1 Associated Country. 1 large Chinese company is part of the EC consortium without claiming any funding from the EC since NSFC finances only fundamental research and does not allow for the inclusion of companies as partners in NSFC projects. This company has a key/essential role in replicating field test experiments from European sites to Chinese sites.

    Institution Abbreviation Country
    1(Coordinator) FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ FHNW CH
    2 ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA UNIBO IT
    3 POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS TUC GR
    4 UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA UdG ES
    5 UNIVERSITEIT GENT UGent BE
    6 UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA UNIRM IT
    7 CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE CNR IT
    8 HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH UFZ DE
    9 IEG – TECHNOLOGIE GMBH IEG DE
    10 BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM BME HU
    11 UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN UDE DE
    12 METFILTER SOCIEDAD LIMITADA METFI ES
    13 AVECOM AVEC BE
    14 REGENHU SA REGEN CH
    15 POTEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP CO., LTD. POTEN CN
    16 EIDGENOSSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUR VERTEIDIGUNG, BEVOLKERUNGSSCHUTZ UND SPORT VBS (DDPS) CH
    17 ENI S.p.A. ENI IT
    18 Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing)  – Chinese Coordinator IMCAS China
    19 Research Centre for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing) RCEES China
    20 Nanjing University (Nanjing) NJU China
    21 University of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Hefei) USTC China
    22 Nanjing Agricultural University NJAU China

     Summary:

    The ELECTRA project is a EU-China RTD joint initiative that will deliver 2 innovative sets of novel electromicrobiology based environmental biotechnologies, facilitating/improving electron transfer during microbial degradation processes. Our approach will accelerate the elimination of several classes of pollutants and mixtures thereof in contaminated wastewater, groundwater, sediment and soil.

    The first set of biotechnologies employs bioelectrochemical systems requiring low energyinput and no chemical addition.

    The second set comprises biotechnologies, which necessitate no energy input and minimal chemical amendment using electromicrobial concepts.

    ELECTRA biotechnologies will build on recent groundbreaking advances in biotechnology to develop them for environmental bioremediation applications and test the 4 most advanced technologies during field trials under various environmentally relevant conditions in both Europe (4 sites with contaminated wastewater, groundwater, soil, and sediment) and China (4 sites: mirroring tests concept) to prove their efficiency and robustness.

    The ELECTRA project deliberately addresses the accelerated elimination of compounds representative of hydrocarbons and derivatives, emerging pollutants, metals and nutrients and mixtures thereof in environmentally relevant concentration as a wise and careful approach taking into account the real problem of contaminations by organic and inorganic pollutants as well as nutrients.

    The ELECTRA project addresses the accelerated elimination of:

    1. Hydrocarbons (TPHs: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and alkanes) and their halogenated derivatives (e.g.chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs), polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs, halogenated aromatics);
    2. Metals (Sb, Pb, As, Hg, Cd, Zn);
    3. Nutrients (NH4+ and NO3-)
    4. Emerging micropollutants: antibiotics (e.g. fluoroquinolones and sulphonamides); flame retardants and endocrine disrupting chemicals (e.g. tetrabromobisphenol A and bisphenol A) and pesticides (e.g. bromoxynil and propiconazole).

    The environmental impacts and financial costs associated with ELECTRA’s bioremediation technologies will be estimated from a life cycle and risk perspective to support the decision process in future treatment selections.

    LCA will be used to evaluate the efficiency of the remediation technologies and to choose the technology Champions to be tested.

    A web-based EDSS (Environmental Decision Support System) will be developed to help support relevant decision makers in selecting the most appropriate treatment option for target applications based on technical, environmental and economic criteria.

    The main task of the Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Research group within BME’s Applied Biotechnology and Food Science Department will be ecotoxicological monitoring of the experiments.

    A problem-specific and complex monitoring methodology will be developed and applied by BME to follow changes in the ecotoxicity of contaminated WW, GW, soil and sediment before and after technology applications. The toxicity associated to the contaminated matrixes of the selected sites will be evaluated using a suite of ecotoxicity tests. For each matrix/contaminant, the most suitable ones will be then selected for the evaluation of the toxicity changes at the end of the bioremediation processes. For each matrix, test organisms from at least three trophic levels will be chosen and extrapolation to the complex ecosystem will be carried out.

    Acute, chronic toxicity and genotoxic effects will be tested with standardized (based on ISO and OECD standards) or pollutant-specific test methods (e.g. D. magna heartbeat rate test for micropollutants). For the pollutant and matrix specific (WW, GW, soil, sediment) ecotoxicity toolkit BME will select the best combination of the following test organisms: Aliivibrio fischeri (luminescent aquatic bacterium), Bacillus subtilis (soil bacterium), Salmonella typhimurium (in Ames-test), Lemna minor (aquatic plant), Sinapis alba and Triticum aestivum (terrestrial plants), Tetrahymena pyriformis (protozoan), Daphnia magna (water living crustacean), Heterocypris incongruens (sediment living ostracoda), Folsomia candida (soil living insect), Enchytraeus albidus (potworm), etc. Except for aquatic test organisms, most of them can be applied for the testing of both liquid and solid samples.

    In case of soils and sediments, both water extracts and whole soil/sediment samples (direct toxicity assessment, DTA) will be tested. DTA draws the attention to the chemically unmeasured or non-measurable, but existing hazardous components.

    BME will be involved also in Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of the different technologies to estimate environmental impacts associated with the application of the technology and in the development of the knowledge base of the multi criteria EDSS.

    Posted at 2019-01-30 » By : » Categories : Ongoing Projects »
  • The first ELECTRA newsletter was published

    We are pleased to present  the first issue of the ELECTRA project newsletter.

    ELECTRA is a flagship project of the EU-China Cooperation Initiative.  It is a 4-year Research and Innovation Action. Our research team from BME is consortium partner of the ELECTRA project .  The consortium consists of 16 European partners receiving funding from the European Union H2020 programme, and 5 Chinese partners being funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

    The project aims to develop and implement  bioelectrochemical systems for the bioremediation of contaminated wastewater, groundwater, sediments and soil.

    The first newsletter presents the first set of four technologies as well as a brief summary of an impressive number of communication and dissemination activities performed within this first 18 months of the project.

    Posted at 2020-11-10 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We participated with three abstracts at the ERES 2020 Virtual Conference

    Between 3-6 October, 2020 we participated at the ERES 2020 Virtual Conference, (http://eres2020.eres-conference.eu/ ) organised by the SCALE and the secREEts projects and sponsored by Mytileneos and MEAB.

    This was the 3rd Conference on European Rare Earth Resources originally planned to be held in Delphi, Greece.

    However, due to the ongoing COVID19 crisis, the organizing committee of the ERES 2020 conference has decided to move the conference to a virtual venue.

    Our group participated with three abstracts, presented in one lecture by Viktoria Feigl.

    The below listed abstracts can be viewed also in the list of abstracts: http://eres2020.eres-conference.eu/index.php/abstracts/

    Viktória FEIGL, Emese VASZITA, Mónika MOLNÁR, Sebastian HEDWIG, Markus LENZ, Ildikó FEKETE-KERTÉSZ: ECOTOXICITY OF RESIDUES FROM THE LEACHING PROCESS OF BAUXITE RESIDUE FOR SCANDIUM PRODUCTION 

    Ildikó FEKETE-KERTÉSZ, Emese VASZITA, Mónika MOLNÁR, Sebastian HEDWIG, Markus LENZ, Viktória FEIGL: ECOTOXICITY ASSESSMENT OF NANOFILTRATION PRODUCTS AS THE FIRST STEP OF SCANDIUM PRODUCTION FROM TITANIUM DIOXIDE PRODUCTION WASTE

    Emese VASZITA, Ildikó FEKETE-KERTÉSZ, Mónika MOLNÁR, Dirk Hengevoss, Markus LENZ, Viktória FEIGL: QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE ECOTOXICOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF RESIDUES GENERATED IN SCANDIUM PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES

    Posted at 2020-10-14 » By : » Categories : News »
  • The 8th progress meeting of the SCALE project was held online on the 2nd October 2020

    Our group attended online the SCALE 8th progress meeting on the 2nd of October, 2020.

    Viktoria Feigl presented  the summary of the results on the work conducted by the group within WP5 – Sustainability evaluation.

    We reported on the results of ecotoxicity testing of chemicals used  and the wastes produced during SCALE processes and on the qualitative assessment of the environmental effects to support Life Cycle Assessment of the SCALE technologies.

     

     

    Posted at 2020-10-14 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We attended the 4th ELECTRA online progress meeting on 14-15 September, 2020.

    The ELECTRA project 4th progress meeting was held online between 14-15 September 2020.

    The work progress per WP was discussed in break-out sessions.

    Mónika Molnár and  Ildikó Fekete Kertész presented  the progress and the results of the ecotoxicity testing of samples supplied by partners from field experiments.

    Posted at 2020-10-14 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We wish you a happy and successful New Year!

    The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Group of BME’s Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science from Budapest, Hungary, wishes  success and happiness in 2020 to all the colleagues, students, partners and collaborators!

     

    Posted at 2020-01-07 » By : » Categories : News »
  • The SCALE project is 3 years old

    The Scale (Scandium Aluminium Europe) project became 3 years old on the 30th November, 2019.

    The consortium has held its 3 year Project Meeting and the 3rd year Review in Brussels, on 16-17 October, 2019.

    Dr. Viktória Feigl and Emese Vaszita attended the meeting on behalf of BME..

    BME’s research group is involved in the project with the following main tasks: assessment of the environmental effects of the planned processes, chemicals, wastes and products, environmental risk management, Life Cycle Analysis and development of an environmental database  for scandium bearing wastes (included into the MOKKKA-ENFO database ).

    Posted at 2019-11-06 » By : » Categories : News »
  • Zsófia Berkl, our PhD student, received the Best Poster Award at EURO CD 2019

    We are pleased to announce that our PhD student, Zsófia Berkl, received the Best Poster Award at the 6th European Conference on Cyclodextrins (EURO CD 2019) (https://eurocd2019.com/) organised in Santiago de Compostela, Spain between 2-4 October 2019 for the poster entitled:

    The effect of cyclodextrins on the biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Modulation of quorum sensing

    Authors: Berkl, Zs., Molnár, M., Bordohányi Á., Fekete-Kertész, I., Németh, I., Fenyvesi, É., Szente L.

    Congratulations Zsófi!

    Posted at 2019-10-09 » By : » Categories : News »