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  • The effect of red mud on the microbial activity of sandy soils (OTKA PD_16)

    Project titleThe effect of red mud on the microbial activity of sandy soils

    Funding Programme: OTKA PD_16

    Funding Agency: National Research, Development and Innovation Office

    Project Identification Number: PD 115871

    Project duration:  2016.01.01. –  2017.12.31

    Project type: Postdoc project (non-consortial)

    Project partner: BME, Applied Biotechnology and Food Science Department (Research location)

    Summary:  Red mud, an industrial residue may be reused as soil ameliorant in sandy soils. Most of the studies conducted so far have focused primarily on its effects on the soil physico-chemical properties and not on the changes in the soil microbial activity. The main target of the project is to clarify the effect of red mud on the activity of soil microflora in the treated sandy soils and to identify the short- and mid-term changes in the soil microbial activity and community structure. Further aim is the study of the microflora of the red mud.

    Posted at 2017-12-11 » By : » Categories : Completed projects »
  • The effect of red mud on soil biota (OTKA PD_16)

    Project titleThe effect of red mud on soil biota

    Funding Programme: OTKA PD_16

    Funding Agency: National Research, Development and Innovation Office

    Project Identification Number: PD 121172

    Project duration:  2016.10.01. –  2019.09.30.

    Project type: Postdoc project (non-consortial)

    Project partner: BME, Applied Biotechnology and Food Science Department (Research location)

    Summary: Red mud is the residue of aluminium production from bauxite. Red mud may have several reuse options, one of which its agronomical application, for example for improvement of sandy soils.  So far there are still scarce information abut the effect of red mud on soil biological activity. The main aim of the project is to gain an understanding on how red mud affects the activity and living conditions of soil biota and to determine the connections amongst the short- and long-term physical, chemical and biological changes in the red mud treated soils.

    Posted at 2017-12-11 » By : » Categories : Completed projects »
  • The effects of biochar surface chemistry and physical properties on soil biota in different biochar-soil systems (OTKA_ Research)

    Project title: The effects of biochar surface chemistry and physical properties on soil biota in different biochar-soil systems

    Funding Programme: OTKA

    Funding Agency: National Research, Development and Innovation Office

    Project Identification Number: NKFI120464

    Project duration: 2016. 11. 01 –  2019. 10. 31.

    Project type: Basic research (non-consortial)

    Project partners: Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

    Summary: 

    The continuously growing interest in field-scale biochar soil application, either for improving degraded soil characteristics and increasing productivity, or for replacing inorganic fertilizers highlights the poorly defined fundamental mechanism by which biochar affects the soil functions and draws the attention to an effective evaluation of the interactions between biochar and soil biota. There are very few comprehensive studies which provide quantitative data and detailed qualitative descriptions of fundamentals concerning biochar effect on soil biota or on changes in soil physico-chemical properties.
    The main objectives of our research are to find and describe clear evidence on the relationship and interactions between biochar physical properties as well as surface chemistry and biochar-mediated changes in soil biology. Fundamental mechanisms are planned to be explored by which biochar affects functions of soil such as nutrient cycling, water flow and storage, soil structural dynamics, biodiversity and role as a habitat for microflora, animals and plant roots.
    We aim to characterize the long-term effects and time-sequenced reactions on soil biota in different soil-biochar systems and to identify the prioritized soil-specific characteristics of biochar products aiming at the use of biochar as soil amendment. Particular properties of biochar for use in specific agricultural context will be selected; rationalized test battery for evaluation of sustainable application of biochar to soil will be established.

    Posted at 2017-12-11 » By : » Categories : Ongoing Projects »
  • „SCALE” Production of Scandium compounds and Scandium Aluminum alloys from European metallurgical by-products (H2020-EU.3.5.3)

    Project title: „SCALE” Production of Scandium compounds and Scandium Aluminum alloys from European metallurgical by- products

    Funding Programme:  EU Research and Innovation programme H2020-EU.3.5.3

    Funding Agency: European Commission

    Project  Identification Number: ID: 730105

    Project duration: 2016. 12. 01 –  2021. 05. 31.

    Project type: consortial

    Project Partners: The Consortiumhttp://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/206331_en.html

    Summary: 

    Scandium (Sc) is one of the highest valued elements in the periodic table and an element which is usually grouped in REEs as it shares many characteristics with Yttrium. The SCALE project sets about to develop and secure a European Sc supply chain through the development of technological innovations, which will allow the extraction of Sc from European industrial residues. This will be achieved through the development of a number of innovative extraction, separation, refining and alloying technologies that will be validated in an appropriate laboratory and bench scale environment to prove their technical and economic feasibility.

    Wepage: http://scale-project.eu/

     

     

     

    Posted at 2017-12-11 » By : » Categories : Ongoing Projects »
  • Development and application of an innovative technology for removal of organic micropollutants (TÉT_FR_16)

    Project title: Development and application of an innovative technology for removal of organic micropollutants

    Funding Programme: Hungarian-French Bilateral Scientific and Technological Collaboration, TÉT_FR_16

    Funding Agency: National Research, Development and Innovation Office

    Project Identification Number: TÉT_16-1-2016-0107

    Project duration:  2017.01.01 –  2018.12.31

    Project type: bilateral cooperation

    Project partner:  École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes, L’Equipe Chimie et Ingénierie des Procédés, https://www.ensc-rennes.fr/recherche/equipe-cip/

    Summary: The project aims at developing efficient biodegradation methods for removal of micropollutants from water. The target emerging micropollutants are primarily traces of pharmaceuticals which even though occur only at low concentrations (μg/l or ng/l) they may have specific adverse effects at cell and molecular level. The target is development of a bioaugmentation technology with the utilisation of exogene  microbial phyla or communities.

     

    Posted at 2017-12-11 » By : » Categories : Completed projects »
  • We participated at the 7th Conference of the Hungarian Society of Ecotoxicology

    Our research group was represented by Kerekes Ivett and our students at the 7th Conference of the Hungarian Society of Ecotoxicology (24th November 2017).

    We  attended the conference with the below mentioned poster presentation:

     

    Kerekes I., Majnovics Á. E., Hegyi V. D., Molnár M. és Feigl V.: Ecotoxicological effect of red mud in sandy soils in a mid-term microcosm experiment 

     

     

    Our poster presents the ecotoxicological results of a 7 months soil amelioration microcosm experiment with red mud, aiming assessment of its environmental risks.

    At the conference we had the opportunity to listen to oral presentations about epigenetic effects, about the much debated glyphosate and several related glyphosate salt compounds, about the neonicotionide insecticides, and even about the meta-analysis of data on metals affecting nematodes.

    Posted at 2017-12-05 » By : » Categories : News »
  • The SCALE project is 1 year old

    The Scale (Scandium Aluminium Europe) project became 1 year old on the 30th November 2017.  The consortium with almost 40 participants has held its 1 year Project Meeting in Rotterdam.

    Dr. Viktória Feigl , Emese Vaszita  and Éva Ujaczki attended the meeting on behalf of BME. We  visited Tronox’s Rotterdam Botlek  titanium dioxide (TiO2)  producing facility,  since one of the objectives of the project is extraction of scandium from the filter cake, the final residue of TiO2 production.

    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 ).

    BME  and FHNW with the collaboration of the consortium partners  have completed the 1st public Deliverable on  the environmental, health and safety controls that should be taken into account in SCALE technology development.

    The document has the following title “Markus Lenz, Dirk Hengevoss, Éva Ujaczki, Emese Vaszita, Viktória Feigl: Environmental, health and safety characterization of processes for application case studies”.

    Posted at 2017-12-05 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We participated at the CELSA Round Table Discussion hosted by BME

    The Round Table Discussion of the “Central Europe Leuven Strategic Alliance”  (CELSA) was hosted by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) on the 16th November 2017.  Besides BME, the following universities were represented at the event:  KU Leuven (Belgium),  Charles University (Czech Republic), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia),  Semmelweis University (Hungary) and ELTE (Hungary).

    Each participant university presented a successful  H2020 project with positive effect on the society.  BME’s selected H2020 project, presented by Dr. Feigl Viktória, was the  Scale (Scandium Aluminium Europe) . The main aim of the project is the efficient exploitation of EU high concentration scandium containing resources including bauxite residues (100-150 ppm) resulting from alumina production and acid wastes (50-100 ppm) from TiO2 pigment production to develop a stable and secure EU scandium supply chain to serve the needs of EU aerospace and high tech industry. Consequently, the project fits well into the Circular Economy Model of the EC.

    Posted at 2017-12-05 » By : » Categories : News »
  • Success of our student at the Scientific Conference for Students

    The Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology of Budapest University of Technology and Economics organises  yearly the Scientific Conference for Students.  Major Mónika,  BSc  bioengineer student’s work, coordinated by Dr. Feigl Viktória has been awarded the 2nd place in the “Biochemistry and Biotechnology” section of the Conference in 2017. The title of the paper is: “ Study of the microbial activity  and community level physiological profile in bauxite residue treated soils”.  The research was performed within the OTKA PD 115871 project  supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office.

    In addition, Major Mónika won also the special price of the  “American Society for Microbiology” for her work.

    Posted at 2017-12-05 » By : » Categories : News »
  • Workshop on the Coooperation between the NSFC and the EC in Biotechnology

    The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)  and the European Union (EC)  organised a workshop between 25-27 October 2017 in Bejing, China.  The subject of the workshop was the call for proposals in biotechnologies based on EU-China collaborations launched jointly by the EC and NSFC.  Dr. Feigl Viktória represented Hungary at the workshop as EC expert.

    The two main topics of the workshop were the following H2020 calls:  “CE-BIOTEC-04-2018: New biotechnologies for environmental remediation (RIA)” and “CE-BIOTEC-05-2019: Microorganism communities for plastics bio-degradation (RIA)”. The deadline for application submission within the “New biotechnologies for environmental remediation (RIA)” call is 25th April 2018. Further details can be reached here.  The call within the second topic will be open in October 2018.

    The photo shows the workshop participants.

    Posted at 2017-11-20 » By : » Categories : News »