Environmental microbiology and biotechnology research group
At the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, the environmental microbiology and biotechnology group consists of researchers and doctoral students with backgrounds in environmental technology, microbiology, gene technology, and biogeography. Group's main research topics are related to the study of microbial activity and community structure in different natural habitats and engineered systems.
Currently, we carry research on microbial community structure and abundance of functional genes in wetlands, peatlands, forest soils and coastal zones. Treatment wetlands, constructed wetland-microbial electrochemical systems, and green roofs are some examples of the studied engineered environments. Besides, we work on the plants' microbiological communities in different systems.
We apply DNA and RNA-based molecular methods for characterising the phylogenetic and functional structure of microbial communities using next-generation sequencing and quantify the abundance of microbial groups functional genes using quantitative PCR.
We have carried out studies in collaboration with different partners in Estonia and abroad.
University of Tartu, 46 Vanemuise St. Tartu 51014, Estonia
Phone: +372 737 6843
E-mail: mikk.espenberg [ät] ut.ee