Environmental microbiology and biotechnology research group
Group of environmental microbiology and biotechnology at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences consists of three researches and four doctoral students with backgrounds in environmental technology, microbiology and gene technology. Group’s main research topics are related to study of microbial activity and community structure in different natural habitats and engineered systems.
Currently, we conduct research about microbial community structure and abundance of functional genes in different treatment wetlands, abandoned peatlands and forest soils.
We have carried out studies in aerobic and anaerobic degradation of explosives in soil and water (joint studies with Mälardalen University and Latvian University); biodegradation of oil compounds in soil, groundwater and sea water.
We have experience in following environmental biotechnology techniques: monitored natural attenuation, phytoremediation, biostimulation and bioaugmentation, composting and anaerobic treatment.
We apply DNA and RNA based molecular methods for characterization of phylogenetic and functional structure of microbial communities applying next-generation sequencing (Illumina and Roche 454 platforms) and quantify abundance of microbial groups and functional genes using quantitative PCR.
University of Tartu, 46 Vanemuise St. Tartu 51014, Estonia
Phone: +372 737 6843
E-mail: mikk.espenberg [ät] ut.ee