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.
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.
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