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
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.
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.
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!
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 ).
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:
Authors: Berkl, Zs., Molnár, M., Bordohányi Á., Fekete-Kertész, I., Németh, I., Fenyvesi, É., Szente L.
We participated at the 6th European Conference on Cyclodextrins (EURO CD 2019) (https://eurocd2019.com/) organised in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, between 2-4 October, 2019.
The goal of EURO CD 2019 was to offer a multidisciplinary meeting point for scientists involved in cyclodextrin production, chemistry and modelling, or applications in diverse fields including analytical chemistry, drug formulation, gene therapy, regenerative medicine, cosmetics, food, bioremediation and agriculture.
The attendees had an excellent opportunity to learn the latest findings on raw materials, products, procedures and equipment affecting cyclodextrin field, and how to integrate them into the own research, to directly engage people working in complementary fields, make professional connections and create scientific synergies, to discover the similar challenges faced by other researchers and keep the mind open to novel ways of dealing with chemistry, biomedical, food technology and ecological problems exploiting the endless capabilities of cyclodextrins.
Our group was represented at EURO CD 2019 by 3 members: Mónika Molnár, Ildikó Fekete Kertész and Zsófia Berkl, presenting 3 posters.
Mónika Molnár presented a poster on cyclodextrin mediated quorum quenching in the Aliivibrio fischeri bioluminescence model system.
Molnár, M., Berkl, Zs., Németh, I., Fekete-Kertész, I., Márton, R., Timár B., Fenyvesi, É., Szente, L. (2019) Cyclodextrin mediated quorum quenching in the Aliivibrio fischeri bioluminescence model system – Modulation of bacterial communication, (PO-37), https://eurocd2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/PRELIMINARY-LIST-OF-POSTERS-v3.pdf
Ildikó Fekete Kertész presented the quorum quenching effect of different CD molecules and their derivatives in the P. aeruginosa model system based on pyoverdin and pyocyanin pigment production.
Fekete-Kertész, I., Berkl, Zs., Tóth, Zs., Fenyvesi, É., Szente, L., Molnár, M. (2019) The quorum quenching effect of cyclodextrins on the pigment production of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, (PO-92). https://eurocd2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/PRELIMINARY-LIST-OF-POSTERS-v3.pdf
Zsófia Berkl’s poster presented the study on the effect of cyclodextrines on the biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Zs. Berkl, M. Molnár, Á. Bordohányi, I. Fekete-Kertész, I. Németh, É. Fenyvesi, L. Szente (2019) The effect of cyclodextrins on the biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Modulation of quorum sensing, (PO-36). https://eurocd2019.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/PRELIMINARY-LIST-OF-POSTERS-v3.pdf
We participated at the joint Congresses ECCE12 (the 12th European Congress of Chemical Engineering) and ECAB 5 (the 5th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology) organised by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE)), the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Science (ESBES) and the Italian Association of Chemical Engineering (AIDIC) in Florence between 14-19, September, 2019 (http://www.ecce12-ecab5.org/).
The conferences covered a wide range of research themes under the umbrella of Chemical Engineering and Applied Biotechnology. The topics treated were all typical of Chemical Engineering and Applied Biotechnologies, from the classical ones, like process simulation and reactor design, to the most current ones, like nanotechnologies, bio-fuels, bio-catalysts, food and water, that represent the challenges of the future and are of interest to everybody.
Our group was represented by Emese Vaszita, who presented in an e-poster the most recent results of one of our research topics, biochar, as soil amendment. The poster detailed the results of a laboratory incubation study monitoring the effects of artificial biological aging on the physicochemical, biological and ecotoxicological properties of five biochar types.
The e-poster can be viewed at the conference webpage (Screen 44, P/392): http://www.livecongress.it/posters/public/viewer/C456CB6E#posters/screen-04
The abstract of the presentation is available in the Book of Abstracts, page: 1832-1833 of the Conference:
Molnár, M., Kőszegi, M., Vaszita, E., Gruiz, K., Farkas, É. (2019) Influence of artificial biological aging on physicochemical, biological and ecotoxicological properties of five biochars – a laboratory incubation study, ECCE12, The 12th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECAB5, The 5th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology, Florence 15-19 September 2019, Book of Abstracts, pp. 1832-1833, ISBN : 978-88-95608-75-4, DOI: 10.3303/BOA1901
We participated at the 19th International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment (ISTA 19) (http://ista19.civil.auth.gr/), hosted by the Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Society of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (SECOTOX) in Thessaloniki, Greece, between August 25-30, 2019.
ISTA conference series has been biennial since 1983 and it serves as a catalyst for fruitful exchanges between researchers, managers and legislators involved in all fields of environmental science, safety and health. ISTA provides a forum for discussions dealing with current advances in toxicity and risk assessment, fundamental and innovative concepts in ecotoxicology.
The programme of the symposium can be downloaded from the Symposium webpage: http://ista19.civil.auth.gr/deadlines-2/
Maria Tolner, on behalf of our group, presented a poster (see title below) in the Soil Microbiology and Ecotoxicity Topic of the Symposium:
Farkas, É., Kerekes, I., Tolner M., Szabó, Á., Vaszita, E. and Molnár, M. (2019) Biochar mediated short-term effects on acidic sandy soil and influence on soil living animal Enchytraeus albidus preference behavioral test as a screening tool to assess soil habitat function, Abstracts ISTA 19 , p. 39.
The abstract of the presentation can be reached in the Book of Abstracts, available at the conference webpage (http://ista19.civil.auth.gr/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Abstracts_ISTA-2019.pdf page 39).
Project title: ELECTRA – Electricity driven Low Energy and Chemical input Technology foR Accelerated bioremediation
Project website: https://www.electra.site
Type of action: RIA (research & innovation)
Funding Agency: European Union / European Commission
Project duration: 2019. 01. 01 – 2022. 12. 31
Project type: consortial
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
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:
- Hydrocarbons (TPHs: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and alkanes) and their halogenated derivatives (e.g.chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs), polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs, halogenated aromatics);
- Metals (Sb, Pb, As, Hg, Cd, Zn);
- Nutrients (NH4+ and NO3-)
- 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.